Narrative and Discourse Analysis in Education

10 Units

This course explores how narrative and discourse analytic approaches can be used in educational research. It will explore the emergence of narrative inquiry and discourse analysis in the social sciences, and examine the issues and debates that centre on their use as research methodologies.

Faculty Faculty of Education and Arts
School School of Education

Not currently offered


This course provides students with the opportunity to:

  1. critically engage with contemporary issues and debates around narrative inquiry and discourse analysis in educational and social science research;
  2. explore the ethics and use of narrative inquiry and discourse analysis as research methodologies;
  3. develop a capacity for presenting and evaluating narrative and discourse analytic research; and
  4. develop a capacity to design research projects based on narrative and discourse analysis.

The following list indicates indicative course content:

  • Contemporary issues and debates about narrative inquiry and discourse analysis in educational and social science research.

  • The ethics of narrative and discourse analysis as research methodologies.

  • Narrative methods of inquiry (i.e. bibliography, auto-ethnography, collective biography, etc.)

  • Discourse analytic approaches (i.e. Foucauldian, Critical Discourse Analysis, etc.)
  • Research design.

  • Approaches to presenting narrative and discourse analytic research.

Replacing Course(s) NA
Transition NA
Industrial Experience 0
Assumed Knowledge NA
Modes of Delivery Distance Learning : IT Based
Internal Mode
Teaching Methods Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Assignment 1: 50% (approx: 2,500 words) Evaluating narrative based inquiry.
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Assignment 2: 50% (approx: 2,500 words) Designing narrative based research.
Contact Hours
  • Seminar: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components None listed
Course Materials None listed
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for EDUC6296

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