TH5609 - Introduction to Discourse Analysis


Introduction to Discourse Analysis


20 CC   10 ECTS

King's Evangelical Divinity School eCampus


10 hours course audio and video content 10 hours

Scheduled hours Placement Hours Independent Guided study
10 0 190

Students are expected to download and study all lecture content

Introducing Discourse Analysis - Principles, history, important concepts and development.
Overview of the main currents in the diverse field of discourse analysis.
Understanding keys terms in applied linguistics: the function of grammar, vocabulary and information structure
The roles of society, culture, psychology, and context in discourse.
Comparing and contrasting discourse models and theories.
Distinctive characteristics of Biblical written discourse.
Biblical text types and genre.
Reevaluating heremeutics and exegesis.
Examples and practical discussions from a variety of Biblical texts.

  • To introduce students to the essentials of Discourse Analysis and aspects of Applied Linguisitcs
  • To provide students with a framework for using Discourse Analysis in the study of Biblical texts
  • To enable further hermeneutical and exegetical study of the the Christian Bible.
  • To give students skills necessary for interacting with and analysing key academic texts in discourse analysis and biblical studies.
  • To enable students to understand and make use of technical commentaries on the Bible

Audio/video lectures, guided reading, individual study, and individual support where appropriate. Students will prepare for assignments individually using online learning material. Students are encouraged, but not required, to participate in online theological discussion on the eCampus Forum.

By the end of the module, students will be able to:

  1. Understand and explain the main concepts and aims of discourse analysis.
  1. Plan and write academic studies of the Bible using discourse analysis (including as part of the assignment).
  2. Demonstrate an ability to analyse and critique studies of biblical literature based on discourse analysis
  3. Reflect upon the usage of discourse analysis in contemporary biblical studies.

Component Weighting % Learning outcome(s) assessed Assessment category
14000 word essay100%1-4Coursework

As assessment

Bergen, R. L. (1994). Biblical Hebrew and discourse linguistics. Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns.

Campbell, C. (2015). Advances in the Study of Greek: New Insights for Reading the New Testament. Grand Rapids: Zondervan.

Gee, J. P. (2014). An Introduction to Discourse Analysis: Theory and Method. 4th ed. New York: Routledge.

Gee, J. P. and Handford, M. (eds.) (2012). The Routledge Handbook of Discourse Analysis. London: Routledge.

Hyland, K. and Paltridge, B. (eds.) (2013). The Bloomsbury Companion to Discourse Analysis. New York: Bloomsbury. 

Levinsohn, S. E. (1991) Discourse Features of New Testment Greek: A Coursebook on the Informational Structure of New Testament Greek. Dallas: Summer Institute of Linguistics

Paltridge, B. (2012). Discourse Analysis: An Introduction. 2nd ed. London: Bloomsbury.

Reed, J. T. (1996). Discourse Analysis as New Testament Hermeneutic: A Retrospective and Prospective Appraisal. Journal Of The Evangelical Theological Society, 39, 223-240.

Runge, S. E. (2011). Discourse Studies and Biblical Interpretation: A Festschrift in Honor of Stephen H. Levinsohn. Bellingham: Logos.

Schiffrin, D., Tannen, D. and Hamilton, H. E. (eds.) (2001). The Handbook of Discourse Analysis. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing.

Stephen Vantassel


Humanities Board of Studies

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