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About Study Course

Credit points / ECTS:2 / 3
Course supervisor:Sergejs Kruks
Study type:Full time
Course level:Master's
Target audience:Information and Communication Science
Branch of science:Communication Sciences; Library Science


Acquaint postgraduate students with the concept of discourse, its development, types, methods of analysis; connection with different types of communication in health care and their interactions; medicine – discursive practice; medical discourse – interdisciplinary discourse; enhance understanding of these processes in today’s public space. Why here? Why now? Why so? The historical and social context of medical discourse, its role; to acquaint postgraduate students with basic principles of constructing a narrative (also story telling) in general and in the healthcare sector discourse in particular; doctor-patient communication models, communication axioms; acquaint postgraduate students with elements of such discourse formation, including structural ones; acquaint postgraduate students with the manifestations of the medical discourse community; introduce discourse elements of drama and methods of argumentation and rhetoric.


Not applicable.

Learning outcomes


­Knowledge of approaches and methods by different discourse authors, understanding of the concept of discourse and its development.
­Knowledge of the healthcare discourse community and its characterisation, communication barriers.
­Understanding of various types of argumentation and rhetoric, the ability to identify and distinguish them.


­Apply the health discourse in the health sector communication – overcoming communication barriers.
­Analyse types and contexts of the discourse, identify the conditions that influence their formation and interpret the discourses available in the public space.
­Apply discourse analysis in research work.


Use health discourse in the research and analysis of health communication issues, applying appropriate methods of argumentation, rhetoric and overcoming communication barriers; analyse, evaluate, and critically argue and discuss the discourses available in the public space.

Study course planning

Planning period:Year 2022, Spring semester
Study programmeStudy semesterProgram levelStudy course categoryLecturersSchedule
Health Communication, VKM2Master’sLimited choice