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.