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Politics of Meaning: Discourse in Theory and Practice

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In the wake of the 1968 student risings in France, a new interest in the entwinment of politics and meaning is sparked in academia. Intellectual traditions such as (post)structuralism, (post)marxism, semiotics and psychoanalysis emerge with the aim of describing, analysing and theorising the political aspects of meaning-making. In this context, discourse analysis is born. The so-called French theory conceptualises the discourse as a historical or « archeological » approach to ideology and power (Foucault, Althusser, Barthes). Later, especially through the contemporary American elaborations, discourse becomes the foundation of a descriptive approach to identities in the making both in terms of gender, class, etnicity, colonial relations etc.

Exam info and full course description

Exam info and full course description can be found in the course catalogue.  

Admission Requirements

Course specific:

To apply for the course you must either be enrolled in a bachelor's degree, have a bachelor's degree or have passed a qualifying entry examination.    


Exchange students: nomination from your home university

Freemovers: documentation for English Language proficiency

You can read more about admission here.