Faculty of Education and Humanities
Department of English Language and Literature

Code Name Level Year Semester
ELT 415 Discourse Analysis Undergraduate 4 Fall
Status Number of ECTS Credits Class Hours Per Week Total Hours Per Semester Language
Compulsory 6 1 + 2 150 English

Instructor Assistant Coordinator
Amna Brdarević-Čeljo, Assist. Prof. Dr. Assistant Professor Amna Brdarević-Čeljo Amna Brdarević-Čeljo, Assist. Prof. Dr.
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This course is designed to acquaint students with the organization of language above the sentence level. It introduces different cross-sentence discourse phenomena, such as information structure, texture and its aspects: cohesion and coherence, and the types of models that have been proposed to capture cross-sentence relationships, such as discourse markers, etc. The course also gives an overview of several of the major theoretical and methodological frameworks for doing discourse analysis and aims to explain the sets of tools these theories offer for the analysis of language-in-use. Students will be encouraged to collect and analyse their own data and to use these theoretically and methodologically different tools in the analysis of the data they have collected from both spoken and written discourse.

Upon completion of this course, students:
• should have gained knowledge of the principles and practice of linguistic
discourse analysis;
• should have been able to analyze different texts by applying the set of norms of
linguistic discourse analysis;
• should have been able to understand the use of language in a social setting
• should have been able to understand how to study meaning in context

  1. Course Introduction/ Syllabus Overview
  2. Discourse analysis: the analysis of language beyond the sentence. The relationship between language and content; Discourse Analysis and Pragmatics; Different Views of Discourse Analysis;
  3. Three different approaches to discourse: formal, functional and social; Four principles of discourse;
  4. Text and texture: cohesion, coherence and intertextuality
  5. Theme and rheme
  6. Texts and their social functions. Genre analysis;
  7. Discourse and ideology
  8. Mid-term exam
  9. Spoken discourse
  10. Strategic intervention
  11. Critical Discourse Analysis
  12. Corpus-assisted discourse analysis
  13. How to do discourse analysis?
  14. Non-working day
  15. Cumulative, covers all course content;


    • Interactive Lectures
    • Practical Sessions
    • Presentation
    • Assignments
    Description (%)
    Method Quantity Percentage (%)
    Midterm Exam(s)140
    Final Exam140
    Total: 100
    Learning outcomes
      • Jones, R. H. (2012). Discourse Analysis: A Resource Book for Students. London and New York: Routledge.
      • Gee, J. P. (2010). An Introduction to Discourse Analysis: Theory and Method (3rd Edition). London: Routledge.
      • Gee, J. P. (2011). How to do discourse analysis. London: Routledge

      ECTS (Allocated based on student) WORKLOAD
      Activities Quantity Duration (Hour) Total Work Load
      Lecture (14 weeks x Lecture hours per week)15230
      Laboratory / Practice (14 weeks x Laboratory/Practice hours per week)15115
      Midterm Examination (1 week)122
      Final Examination(1 week)133
      Preparation for Midterm Examination11515
      Preparation for Final Examination12525
      Assignment / Homework/ Project13030
      Seminar / Presentation13030
      Total Workload: 150
      ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 6