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Introduction to Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA)

This course provides a rigorous introduction to Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA), enriched by an AI-enhanced interactive learning environment. It delves into CDAโ€™s foundation, blending linguistic analysis with critical engagement to uncover how language influences societal power and ideology. The curriculum integrates sociocultural theories to explore how language constructs and is constructed by societal structures, extending to multimodal communication. Key analytical frameworks such as Fairclough’s three-dimensional model, van Dijk’s socio-cognitive approach, and Wodak’s Discourse-Historical Approach are examined to demonstrate the complex relationship between language, society, and cognition. Methodological rigor, ethical considerations, and practical applications of CDA are explored across diverse fields like media, politics, and education, underscoring the role of language in shaping ideological discourses and social realities. The course also addresses challenges and critiques within the field, offering resources for skill advancement and insights into evolving trends like digital discourse and global perspectives. Through interactive articles and the use of a Discourse Analyzer AI assistant, students are encouraged to engage actively with content, ask questions, and gain deep insights into the intricate interplay of language and power in a dynamic, personalized learning experience.

Key Approaches in Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA)

Explore the foundational frameworks of Critical Discourse Analysis through the lens of Fairclough’s three-dimensional model, van Dijk’s socio-cognitive approach, and Wodak’s Discourse-Historical Approach, illuminating the intricate relationship between language, society, and cognition.