Media Representations Analysis 1: Texts, Critical Discourse Analysis and News Framing [Summer School]


Media Representations Analysis 1: Texts, Critical Discourse Analysis and News Framing [Summer School]Period: 31 July-4 August 2017

Program: Click Here to Download Course Program

The role of media before the American presidential elections, the ‘terrorist or freedom fighter’ debates and the question whether European media should speak of immigrants, refugees or asylum seekers underline the continued importance of language in media coverage. This course teaches you the skills necessary to study to study how media texts can be interpreted.

How can particular sentences in such a text be interpreted, which issues are problematized, and do things that are not part of the text have relevance as well? What role do the national and ideological context play in the production of this text? And how can you develop a coherent analytical framework and a decent structure for your paper? In a step by process with daily presentations, you address these questions. You write a paper in which you use a qualitative method to analyse a written news article. Interactive lectures and roundtable discussions help you prepare for the different steps in the writing process. The companion course is Media Representations Analysis 2: Images, Social Semiotics and Multimodality.


▪ Designing an analytical framework to study textual representations in the media, in line with your research objectives

▪ Applying qualitative methods from critical discourse analysis and framing analysis to study the possible meanings of media texts

▪ Understanding the role of the national and ideological context in which media operate in the production of news


▪ Strong motivation and good command of English are essential to get a pass for the course.

▪ Basic knowledge of textual analysis is recommended.

▪ Aimed at Bachelor/ Master/ PhD students in Media Studies/ Journalism/ Cultural Studies/ Linguistics/ Political Sciences/ International Relations/ Geography/ History. Professionals with various backgrounds benefitted as well from taking previous editions of the course. If in doubt, please contact Leonhardt for personal course selection advice.

Media Representations Analysis 1: Texts, Critical Discourse Analysis and News Framing [Summer School]Recommended literature

▪ D’Angelo, P., Kuypers, J.A. (2010) Doing news framing analysis. Empirical and theoretical perspectives. Routledge.

▪ Entman, R.M. (2004) Projections of power. Framing news, public opinion, and U.S. foreign policy. The University of Chicago Press.

▪ Richardson, J. (2007) Analysing newspapers. An approach from critical discourse analysis. Palgrave.

▪ Webb, J. (2009) Understanding Representation. SAGE.

You are further recommended to read some of these blog posts by Leonhardt.

Please note that it is not required to do some reading before the course. If you like to read something, select a book that is closest to your research interests or ask Leonhardt for personal reading advice. For more suggested reading materials, check the following reading lists.

Teaching methods

▪ Lectures ▪ Presentations

Assessment methods

▪ Attendance ▪ Final Paper ▪ Participation ▪ Presentation


▪ Analytical Skills ▪ Qualitative Research Methods ▪ Research Framework ▪ Research Paper Template ▪ Textual Analysis ▪ Critical Discourse Analysis ▪ News Framing ▪ Media Representations

Accommodation: please visit Maastricht Housing website

Funding: not available

Language: English


Related GeoMeans Summer School Courses: 

Media Representations Analysis 2: Images, Social Semiotics and Multimodality


  1. Hello,

    I would like to attend the summer school above. Would it be possible to have further information please as the course is not listed in the drop-down menu on the university website link.

    Kind regards,


    • Leonhardt van Efferink

      Dear Mira,
      Yes, you are right, the application process has not started yet. Shall I send you an e-mail when I know when this process starts? This will likely happen either this or next week.
      Kind regards,

      • Dear Leonhardt,

        Thank you for your reply. Yes, please do send me an email once the application process opens.

        Kind regards,


  2. Dear Leo
    Would you mind sending me the information also? I mean when the application process starts? I wish to attend too. Thanks

    • Leonhardt van Efferink

      Hi Allen, thanks for your interest in the course. Yes, I’d be happy to contact you when the application process starts. Nice weekend, Leonhardt

  3. Dear Lionhardt,

    I would really appreciate it if you could kindly inform me via email about the course information once in hand. Thank you very much in advance.

    Kindest regards,
    Fatima Zahra

    • Leonhardt van Efferink

      Dear Fatima,
      Thanks for your message and yes, I’d be happy to inform you too when the application process starts.
      Kind regards,

  4. Dear Leo,

    Could you please also send me an email when the course details are available? Thanks.

    Kindest regards,


    • Leonhardt van Efferink

      Dear Sally,
      Yes, I will include you too in the e-mail, thanks for asking!
      Nice evening,

  5. What are the fees associated with the summer school?

    • Leonhardt van Efferink

      Dear Aimee,
      The courses cost €600 this year. Please let me know if you have any further questions.
      Kind regards,

  6. Could I have some information about how to attend the courses ?

    • Leonhardt van Efferink

      Dear Francesca,
      The courses are in Maastricht, in the South of the Netherlands, and the available accomodation is close to the university. Please let me know if you need a more specific answer.
      Kind regards,

  7. Dear Leonhardt,
    I don’t know if I was informed too late about the application or there still is time. I couldn’t find a deadline. I would appreciate it if I was included in the email list on more details about the course as it is relevant to my my PhD dissertation.

    • Leonhardt van Efferink

      Dear Vahid,
      Thanks for your interest in this course. The deadline that was mentioned in the mailing list was 1 July, so you can still apply for the course. Any other questions?
      Kind regards,

  8. Dear Leonhardt,

    I would really appreciate it if you could kindly send me the course info.

    Best regards,

    • Leonhardt van Efferink

      All the course information is on this page, Dhiaa. What is still unclear to you? If you like to register, please contact me and I put you directly through to the Summer School office. The online application process has already been closed.

  9. Hello,

    Is it possible to apply for the 2018 course yet?


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