Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


This course is intended for students of Aalto-BIZ doctoral program as an elective module of Common Core Studies.

The course provides an overview of theory and method for discourse research. It is structured in two parts, a theoretical and an empirical one; for the latter, the students design and carry out a research project. Through class meetings and independent learning, the course familiarises students with the principles and practices of designing a discourse project; collecting data; analysing interaction; and presenting and writing up findings.

The aims of the course are:

To examine critically  how different theoretical and methodological approaches in discourse studies help us understand, describe and interpret language use in different multilingual and multicultural contexts,

To extend and develop the students knowedge of issues surrounding discourse in societ ,

To develop a critical awareness of the relationship between the features of language and the social context at both micro and macro levels,

To extend and develop the students knowedge of ethnographic research.

Credits: 6

Schedule: 20.05.2021 - 28.05.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Jo Angouri

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Jo Angouri

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The course will draw on the following general themes:

    ·        Philosophical underpinnings of discourse analysis,

    ·        Language use in context,

    ·        Qualitative and quantitative traditions of discourse research,

    ·        Ethnographic research,

    ·        Multimodal analysis,

    ·        What is (not) Discourse Analysis,

    ·        Language and identity,

    ·        Multilingual practices at work,

    ·        Language policy and language practice.

    By the end of the course the student should be able to:

    ·        Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of theories and empirical research on discourse with a particular focus on interaction analysis,

    ·        Show understanding of the relationship between language and society,

    ·        Show awareness of key issues around interaction, identity and multilingualism,

    ·        Evaluate critically how different theoretical & methodological approaches and concepts help to understand, describe and explain language use in different multilingual and multicultural contexts,

    ·        Design and carry out a small-scale investigative ethnographic study using quantitative and/or qualitative methods as appropriate.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    ·        Write up discourse research in a clear, informative and structured way,

    ·        Use effectively key theoretical concepts in discourse and terminology,

    ·        Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the complex relationship between language and gender, ethnicity and power in the workplace,

    ·        Demonstrate familiarity with the methods and tools of socio/linguistic enquiry.


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Package of readings, to be announced

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Qualitative reseach: Principles and practices or anther qualitative course approved by the instructor