Workshop April 2024: Discourse Analysis: Online

This two-day online course will demonstrate with practical examples, the two major approaches to analysing dicourses: Foucauldian and Critical Discourse Analysis.


This course is being held 'live' online via Zoom and run on Australian Eastern Standard Time (UTC +10)

(Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne Brisbane time)




Thursday, April 18, 2024 - Friday, April 19, 2024
Early bird cutoff date: 
Wednesday, March 13, 2024
Course details:

This two-day online course will demonstrate with practical examples, the two major approaches to analysing dicourses: Foucauldian and Critical Discourse Analysis.


This course will be run over 2 days in three sessions per day:


  • 9.30 am - 11.00 am - Session 1
  • 11.30 am - 1.00 pm - Session 2
  • 2.00 pm - 3.30 pm - Session 3


Course notes will be sent out in advance and exercises will be provided over the 2 days.


Workshop - runs over 2 days
Emeritus Professor Carol Grbich is a Social Epidemiologist from Flinders University, South Australia.  Her previous appointments were in the School of Behavioural Health Sciences at Latrobe University and in the School of Education at Monash University. She is an experienced researcher and teacher of qualitative research and is the author of 7 qualitative textbooks including; Qualitative Research in Health: An introduction (Allen and Unwin and Sage International, 1999); New Approaches in Social Research (London Sage publications, 2004) and Qualitative Data Analysis (London Sage Publications, 2013). Carol has supervised 50 doctoral students to successful completion, 25 of whom are now full Professors in Australian and overseas universities. She was the foundation Editor of one of the two International Journals whose focus is on mixed research methods and is the recipient of over $80 million in research grants.
Course dates: Thursday 18 April 2024 - Friday 19 April 2024
Course status: Course completed (no new applicants)
Week 1
About this course: 

Utilising existing data in qualitative research is extremely valuable either as a total data set in its own right or as a subset to enhance interview and observational data sets. Michael Foucault initiated the basic approach to dealing with existing spoken, written or visual data such as policy documents, case notes, photos, articles etc. and this was later  further developed by Norman Fairclough into Critical Discourse analysis.


The workshop is relevant to researchers from any discipline who already have a basic understanding of qualitative research and who would be interested in mastering both Foucauldian and Critical Discourse approaches.


Course syllabus: 

Day 1
Session 1: Discourse Analysis definitions and general process.
Session 2: Foucauldian Discourse Analysis guidelines and examples.
Session 3: Practice Tasks undertaking Foucauldian discourse analysis.


Day 2
Session 1: Critical Discourse analysis guidelines and examples; Comparative practice with Foucauldian approaches.
Session 2: Practice Tasks undertaking Critical Discourse Analysis.
Session 3: Discourse analysis of visual documentation principles and practice.


Course format: 

This course will run online using Zoom.



Recommended Background: 

Basic knowledge desirable but no pre reading or pre requisite courses are required.



Recommended Texts: 

A References list will be provided for further reading.


Course fees
Non Member: 
Full time student Member: 


Supported by: 


Delivery of this course is online - via Zoom.


Please ensure you have the following:

  • Reliable Internet connection with at least 5Gb per day of data available (i.e. a 5 day course will use about 25Gb of data just on the Zoom application)
  • A computer/laptop with the Zoom application installed (free)
  • A webcam (built in to most laptops)
  • A headset with a microphone (not required but ideal)
  • A second monitor/screen if possible


Please also check the course page for specific software requirements (if any).


Venue and Timetable: 

You will be attending from home, and each course may specify a slightly different timing schedule. Please expect around 4 "contact" hours per day, with the remainder of the usual working day for exercises, group work and self-directed activities.

All times specified are in Australian Eastern Time (Melbourne/Sydney/Canberra time)