Analysing Discourse: Theories and Methods is a master’s level course that aims to introduce discourse theory as a conceptual framework and an interdisciplinary research practice. The course also aims to get the course participants familiarised with various theoretical approaches to the concept of discourse and methodological toolboxes that enable researchers to analytically engage with empirical data. Participating in the course’s series of lectures and workshops, the students become acquainted with the development of the field of discourse studies, the fields of research where discourse theory is deployed, and some specific case studies in which discourse theoretical approaches are employed.

This course will focus on one of the key theoretical traditions in area studies, namely postcolonial theory, a tradition which has also strongly impacted on other fields of study, including media studies. The course aims to familiarize students with the key concepts of postcolonial theory, how they feature in the work of one of postcolonialism’s key authors and show the application of these concepts in a variety of topical fields (materiality, class, environment and non-humans) to better understand both postcolonial theory and these topical fields. The course will also explicitly thematize the connections of postcolonial theory with post-communism.