Discourses and Power
This is a practical course where the students will be offered analytical tools to carry out analyses of documents, observations and/or interviews on the topics of their own research, in comparison with leading discourses as well as research knowledge and other contextual aspects. The course will also focus on strategies for discussing explanations and implications of findings. The content of the course is based on a combination of insights to discourses and power from social sciences and humanities.
The target group is PhD students and academic staff who want to carry out a critical analysis of own data material. The course is relevant for PhD students and researchers who conduct research on almost any issue, including questions related to the welfare state, environmental issues, migration, extremism and radicalization, and any topics that are taught at school and are discussed in classrooms.
The course is open for PhD students admitted to the PhD Program in Educational Sciences for Teacher Education, as well as other applicants, including academic staff.The admission requirement is a five-year master’s degree (three years + two years), or equivalent qualification in either teacher education, educational science, social sciences or humaniora.
In case of a large number of applicants, PhD students enrolled in the PhD program in Educational Sciences for Teacher Education will be prioritized, then students enrolled in other relevant PhD programmes at OsloMet as well as other universities, then other academic employees at the Faculty of Teacher Education and International studies and the Centre for the Study of Professions, then staff of the rest of OsloMet as well as other universities.
Those applicants who are not enrolled in the PhD Program in Educational Sciences for Teacher Education will have to send a summary of max. one A4 sheet with relevant information about their own PhD project or other project/sphere of interest containing the topic, methodology, theoretical approach, how far they are in their PhD work and why this particular subject is relevant for their Project.
On completion of the course, the student will have achieved the following learning outcomes:
- has in-depth knowledge about analyzing text and talk and their main research traditions.
- has in-depth knowledge of theories and conceptualisations about the relationship between discourses and power.
- has gained methodological competence to skillfully outline a discourse analysis based on own empirical material, as a core content of a paper aimed at publication in a research journal.
- can identify and establish constructive connections between theories, empirical data, and methods based on developed methodological competence.
Teaching and working methods
The course consists of two parts. Students are expected to participate actively in both parts.
The first part consists of a two-days workshop at OsloMet with mandatory participation. In lectures and discussions the students will be introduced to relevant theories and methods.
The last part is a one-day workshop at OsloMet a few weeks later. This is also mandatory. External students will be given the opportunity to participate by electronic means.
Between the two parts, the students will write an individual paper that outlines how they may conduct an analysis based on knowledge and skills from the course and own empirical material. These papers will in part two be discussed with fellow students and teachers.
80 % attendence of the time of the course is required. If a student has attended at least 60 % of the course but less than 80 %, he/she must submit an extra paper of at least 3000 words plus reference list on a given topic.
Forms of assessment, examination and use of examiners. Assessment/grade
The student writes an individual paper of between 3000 – 5000 words plus reference liste. The paper must be written in English, Norwegian, Swedish, or Danish. The deadline for submission will be 10 days before part two of the course. It will be assessed by the course coordinator and a member of the academic staff involved in the PhD program. The grades are “pass” or “fail”. The requirement for “pass” is that the paper builds on insights from the first part of the course and outlines ideas on how an analysis and journal article can be planned on this basis. The paper must be graded «pass» in order for the student to pass the course.
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