MONS1003 Self-study: questions and applications of discourse studies (5 cr)

Study level:
Advanced studies
Grading scale:
English, Finnish
Responsible organisation:
Department of Language and Communication Studies
Curriculum periods:
2020-2021, 2021-2022, 2022-2023, 2023-2024



This course is a self-study package in which the student writes an essay on a topic of their own choosing related to discourse studies. The aim is to let the student examine a specific theme or concept in discourse studies that is relevant to her/his studies, as well as practice scientific and critical thinking, argumentation and writing. The purpose of the essay is to practice critical assessment of research literature through comparison of different theoretical perspectives, concepts and sources, by relating these to each other and to the writer's own perspectives. The essay is theoretical and does not include any empirical analysis of data. The topic of the essay can be related to the student's MA thesis.
The required literature, the specific topic of the essay and the schedule for completing the course will be negotiated with the instructor.

Completion methods

Independent study: literature searches, readings, essay

Assessment details


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

Learning outcomes

After completing the course the student

  • has practiced scientific and critical thinking, argumentation and writing
  • has practiced comparative discussion of theoretical perspectives and concepts
  • is familiar with and can apply a theoretical framework based on discourse studies
  • has practiced skills in academic information seeking and problem solving

Additional information

The schedule for completing the essay is negotiated with the instructor immediately after registering for the course.

Description of prerequisites

APPLANG students:
SOKS105 Introduction to Applied Language Studies for the Changing Society
SOKS1006 Key themes and questions in applied language studies
SOKS1007 Introduction to methodologies of applied language studies

Recommended prerequisites

Study materials

Negotiated with the instructor after the student has independently searched for relevant literature.

Completion methods

Method 1

Suorituksen aikataulu ja kirjallisuus sovitaan tentaattorin kanssa heti sen jälkeen, kun on ilmoittauduttu opintojaksolle.
Evaluation criteria:
Select all marked parts
Parts of the completion methods

Independent study (5 cr)

Independent study
Grading scale:
Evaluation criteria:
English, Finnish
Study methods:

Itsenäinen työskentely: kirjallisuushaut, kirjallisuuteen perehtyminen, essee

Study materials:

Sovitaan tentaattorin kanssa sen jälkeen, kun opiskelija on etsinyt relevanttia kirjallisuutta itsenäisesti.