MONA1000 Introduction to Discourse Studies (5 cr)

Study level:
Intermediate studies
Grading scale:
English, Finnish
Responsible organisation:
Department of Language and Communication Studies
Curriculum periods:
2017-2018, 2018-2019, 2019-2020



Independent study in English: In this course the students will familiarise themselves with the starting points, key questions and concepts of discourse studies with the help of readings and independent learning assignments.

Completion methods

Independent study (readings, learning assignments, e-exam)

Assessment details


More detailed assessment criteria will be provided as part of the instructions for the assignments.

Learning outcomes

After completing the course the student
• can observe and analyse langauge as social action
• understands the starting points of discourse studies and is familiar with key introductory literature
• knows the key concepts in discourse studies and can apply them in analytical tasks
• can search for further information on discourse studies and apply it in her/his thesis
• understands discourse skills as part of studying and working life skills and is motivated to practice them

Additional information

The course is offered in English as independent study. The e-exam can be taken on two specific dates, one during the fall and one during the spring term, check the teaching schedule.

Description of prerequisites

Students in the Multidisciplinary language expert programme:
* MONP1000 Towards multidisciplinary language expertise
* MONP1001 Critical thinking and knowledge production

Language expert students who have started before 2017:
* KLSP007 Towards multidisciplinary language expertise

The above-mentioned course are not required from students in the Finnish language and Literature programme.

Study materials

Independent study: reading list provided by the instructor.


  • Pietikäinen, Sari & Mäntynen, Anne, Kurssi kohti diskurssia, Vastapaino 2009; ISBN: 978-951-768-243-5

Completion methods

Method 1

Select all marked parts
Parts of the completion methods

Teaching (5 cr)

Participation in teaching
Grading scale:
English, Finnish