One week-PhD course in Uppsala: Discourse Studies and Method. Using Discourse-Theoretical Analysis and Discursive-Material Analysis

5 February – 9 February 2018 by Nico Carpentier

The basics about the course
Course title: Discourse Studies and Method: Using Discourse-Theoretical
Analysis and Discursive-Material Analysis
Course coordinator and leader: Professor Nico Carpentier
Course credits: 5 credits.
Course timing: 5 February – 9 February 2018
Course location: Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden
Course background and purpose
The course aims to discuss two methods in the field of discourse
studies: Discourse-theoretical analysis (DTA) and Discursive-material
analysis (DMA). Both are grounded in so-called high theory, with
discourse theory as its main starting point, but with elements of actor
network theory and new materialism. This course will start with an
introduction to these theoretical models, but will then move on to their
analytical deployment in communication and media studies research.
Special attention will be spent on the creation of a theory-grounded
analytical model to guide the research. Apart from attending lectures,
participants will be expected to participate in both theoretical and
research-driven workshops.
Learning outcomes
On completion of this unit successful students will be able to:
– have a deeper understanding of the field of discourse studies, and in
particular of its discourse-theoretical component
– have a deeper understanding of the theoretical relationship between the
discursive and the material
– know how to translate discourse-theoretical models into analytical practice, through the use of the notion of the sensitizing concept (applied to discourse theory, and to
discourse-theoretical rereading of other theories)
– be able to set up an analytical model for a discourse-theoretical analysis and a discursive-material analysis
Teaching and evaluation 
The one-week course will be organised in 10 teaching slots, combining
lectures and workshops. These workshops are partially theoretical
(presenting an article or chapter), and partially research-driven (presenting an analytical model).
The grade Pass or Fail is given after 1) attendance of minimally 8
meetings, 2) a working group theoretical presentation, 3) an individual
case study presentation.
Available participant slots and costs
A total number of 20 participant slots are available. 40% of these are
earmarked for Uppsala University PhD researchers. Participation is free
of charge, but participants are required to pay themselves for their
travel and accommodation costs, and all other expenses.
Please use the registration form to register for the Discourse Studies
and Method PhD course (available when registration is open).
Registration opens on 9 October 2017 and will close on 15 January 2018,
unless the maximum number of participants is reached earlier.
Contact information
– Registration: Christian Sandström at
– Course content: Nico Carpentier, see
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