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POLVOA42/S25/33 Political Discourse Analysis 5–10 ECTS
Implementation is also a part of open university teaching
Period I Period II Period III Period IV
Language of instruction
Type or level of studies
Intermediate studies
Course unit descriptions in the curriculum
Degree Programme in Politics
Political Science
School of Management

General description

This course provides an introduction and overview over the disciplines of political and critical discourse analysis. The course will focus on various approaches to political discourse analysis as a tool for analyzing power relations. There is no set single approach, as the field is quite porous. The related works of scholars will be made available for the students for reading, analysis, and reflection during the course.  After the course, the students are expected to better understand the various approaches to political discourse analysis and are better equipped to utilize these theories in their forthcoming work. The students will be more adept at spotting discursive practices in political speech and the media and evaluate possible underlying modes of discursive argumentation.  The course consists of two modules: lecture and seminar teaching in period II, and a practical analytic workshop in period III. Period II course is A42/S25/S33 for 5 ECTS, and period III is S25/S33 for 5 ECTS. Space permitting, however, intermediate level students can also attend the work shop. In addition, if you have previously attended the course for Intermediate studies (A42 5 ECTS), you can still attend the workshop for 5 ECTS for Advanced studies (S25/S33). Priority is given to students registering for both periods.  The language of the course is English, so students are expected to be reasonably proficient in reading and writing academic texts in this language.

Enrolment for University Studies

Enrolment via email to teacher responsible by 30 September.

Enrolment for Open University Studies

Pakollinen edeltävä opintojakso: POLPOP02 Valtio-opin johdantokurssi


Mikko Poutanen, Teacher responsible


25-Oct-2016 – 15-Dec-2016
Lectures 14 hours
Thu 27-Oct-2016 - 8-Dec-2016 weekly at 16-18, Linna K108
3-Nov-2016 at 16 –18 , Main building A08
Seminar 14 hours
Tue 25-Oct-2016 - 13-Dec-2016 weekly at 14-16, Linna K108
Exercises 4 hours
Thu 15-Dec-2016 at 14-18, Pinni A4086


Numeric 1-5.

Further information

Compulsory preceding studies: POLPOP02 Introduction to Political Science (exchange students: equivalent studies at home university).