Free course

Themes in discourse research: The case of Diana

Free statement of participation on completion

This free course, Themes in discourse research: The case of Diana, introduces some of the main themes and issues in discourse research using Martin Bashir's famous interview with Diana, Princess of Wales as a case study. Through this it examines the role of discourse in shaping social interaction and its psychological implications for the study of minds, selves and sense-making. The course aims to demonstrate that in studying discourse we cannot help but study social life.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • identify some key themes in discourse analysis
  • appreciate the consequences of discourse research for some key topics in social science, such as indentity, interaction and subjectivity
  • be familiar with some discourse analytical techniques and their consequences for analysing social interactions.