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Methods in Written Text Analysis ENGLANG5112

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Critical Studies
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course focuses on written texts, examining models of discourse which provide practical insights into the structure and/or cognitive processing of these texts. Students will study a number of approaches and will look critically at the models suggested by well-known text linguists, stylisticians and discourse analysts. Teaching on this course includes a selection of work from the following topics: discourse structures, (cognitive) stylistic analysis, narrative and non-narrative texts.


10 x 1-hour lecture
14 x 1-hour seminars

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to Masters at College level.

Excluded Courses

ENGLANG5070: Modern English Language

ENGLANG4019: Written Text and Narrative
ENGLANG4055: Written Text Analysis




2 x 2,500 words written assignment (50% each)

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ give an overview of different areas of discourse studies

■ facilitate a critical understanding of a range of approaches and methodologies for each

■ familiarise students with the main research tools

■ give a framework within which students can undertake research into text linguistics and discourse analysis.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will:

■ have acquired an advanced understanding of the analytic tools needed to study a special topic in written text analysis and/or discourse studies

■ be able to analyse a body of data relevant to the topic, using quantitative or qualitative methods or a combination of the two

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.