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Critical Discourse Analysis

Course Dates and Times

Monday 24 ꟷ Friday 28 July 2023
Minimum of 2 hours live teaching per day

10:00 ꟷ 12:00 CEST on Monday ꟷ Thursday
10:00 ꟷ 14:00 CEST on Friday

Michal Krzyzanowski

Uppsala Universitet

Experience a dynamic online learning environment with our interactive course that utilises state-of-the-art online pedagogical tools. Our course is tailored for a demanding audience of researchers, professional analysts, and advanced students, and is limited to a maximum of 20 participants to ensure that our instructors can focus on the specific needs of each individual.

Purpose of the course

To provide a comprehensive introduction to Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) – and its central, Discourse-Historical Approach – as the key critical, qualitative approaches to analysing discourse within and beyond the field of contemporary politics. 

The course highlights how the deployment of CDA/DHA can be useful in critically and systematically analysing and deconstructing discursive dynamics. It can also be found useful in the recontextualisation of discursive strategies in various forms of communication, including traditional and online media, political communication, policy communication, and institutional communication.

ECTS Credits

4 credits - Engage fully in class activities and complete a post-class assignment

Instructor Bio

Since 2020 Michał has held the Chair in Media and Communication Studies at Uppsala University, Sweden.

Michał is a leading expert in critical discourse studies. His key areas of interest are political, policy and organisational communication as well as media and journalism. He is particularly known for his work on right-wing populism, anti-immigration rhetoric as well as for his research on neoliberal discourses and dynamics of democracy in the context of socio-political transformations.

Michał is also widely recognised for his work on methodological innovations in qualitative research, including discourse-ethnographic analysis of organisational and journalistic practices or discourse-conceptual analysis of dynamics of policy and political discourse.

Read Michał's full biography on the Uppsala University website.


Key topics covered

Day 1

A general introduction to Critical Discourse Analysis and its (interdisciplinary) origins, its key concepts, and on the key approaches in CDA.

Day 2

The introductory focus continues with discussion of CDA’s Discourse-Historical Approach (DHA). You will discuss DHA’s distinctive features or standard research designs, and key DHA-specific levels and categories of analysis will be introduced.

Day 3

Moving focus to discussing application of CDA/DHA in relation to various political discourses and contexts, and showcasing different pathways of context-specific and comparative analysis. At first, you will explore the notion of ‘discursive shifts’ and show how their analysis, connected to exploration of a wider set of discursive strategies, can help in, for example, exploration of contemporary (right-wing) populism. 

Day 4

A DHA-based analysis of discourses and concepts – within the so-called Discourse-Conceptual Analysis (DCA) – is showcased while using the examples from, inter alia, media discourse or policy analysis.

Day 5

The final stage is devoted to the possibilities of deploying CDA/DHA in your own research projects, focussed on analysing contemporary political discourses in and beyond the political field and across various forms of mediated communication.

How the course will work online

The course combines asynchronous pre-class assignments, such as readings and pre-recorded videos, as well as daily live sessions with Zoom. Pre-class activities will include, inter alia, pre-recorded short lectures in Panopto of 30ꟷ45 minutes max, assigned background readings or sample individual analyses performed on online-based materials such as videos. 

Online lectures/seminars via Zoom will take place on Days 1ꟷ4. Covering in-depth discussion of methods and analytical categories along with their application to specific, problem-oriented research projects. 

Day 5 will include a live Zoom session roughly three hours long, in which you will briefly present and discuss with the Instructor and other participants your research projects and application of CDA/DHA in your analyses.

Prior experience in qualitative text and discourse analysis, as well as a solid understanding of social science research methods and designs, is recommended for this course. Familiarity with critical social theory of discourse, including the works of Foucault, Habermas, and others, would be beneficial but not required.

A genuine eagerness to learn new methods and approaches and an openness to tackle complex research questions with a critical eye is essential.

Each course includes pre-course assignments, including readings and pre-recorded videos, as well as daily live lectures totalling at least two hours. The instructor will conduct live Q&A sessions and offer designated office hours for one-to-one consultations.

Please check your course format before registering.

Online courses

Live classes will be held daily for two hours on a video meeting platform, allowing you to interact with both the instructor and other participants in real-time. To avoid online fatigue, the course employs a pedagogy that includes small-group work, short and focused tasks, as well as troubleshooting exercises that utilise a variety of online applications to facilitate collaboration and engagement with the course content.

In-person courses

In-person courses will consist of daily three-hour classroom sessions, featuring a range of interactive in-class activities including short lectures, peer feedback, group exercises, and presentations.


This course description may be subject to subsequent adaptations (e.g. taking into account new developments in the field, participant demands, group size, etc.). Registered participants will be informed at the time of change.

By registering for this course, you confirm that you possess the knowledge required to follow it. The instructor will not teach these prerequisite items. If in doubt, please contact us before registering.