1. What is discourse analysis?
  2. Discourse and society
  3. Discourse and genre
  4. Discourse and conversation
  5. Cohesion and coherence
  6. Spoken and written discourse
  7. Multimodal discourse analysis
  8. Critical discourse analysis




  1. To introduce students to key theories and methods of discourse analysis;
  2. To develop students’ capacity to apply the theories and methods learnt to the analysis of spoken, written and multimodal texts;
  3. To develop students’ critical awareness of language use in daily life and how it reflects and is shaped by society.




The course is comprised of weekly lectures and tutorials.

  • Lectures (2 hours a week) will introduce fundamental concepts and theories.
  • Tutorials (1 hour every week or fortnight depending on class size) will provide opportunities for students to engage in exercises and discussion.




Assessment for the course is 100% coursework. It is comprised of three parts:

  1. Tutorials and in-class participation (20%)
    Please note that attendance of all tutorials is mandatory.
  2. Mid-term quiz (Short open-ended questions) (30%)
  3. Course assignment: analysis of authentic discourse data (spoken, written or multimodal).
    The assignment will be assessed according to the following criteria:
    (a) selection of data extract for analysis and transcription (in case of spoken data and multimodal data) (10%);
    (b) an essay based on the analysis of the selected data (40%)




There is no specific textbook for the course. Relevant readings and references will be provided in class.



Last updated: 12 July 2019