Advanced Methods of Research in Media & Communications (including Qualitative & Quantitative Analysis)
This information is for the 2013/14 session.
Dr Pollyanna Ruiz (STC.S214) - Michaelmas Term
Dr Ellen Helsper (STC.S119c) - Lent and Summer Term
This course is compulsory on the MSc in Media and Communications (Research). This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.
Students taking non-research track media and communications MSc programmes may take this course instead of MC4M1 subject to their own degree regulations and with the agreement of the teacher responsible.
i. Principles of Research in Media and Communications: a series of lectures offered by media and communications staff in MT. The lectures will normally cover the following topics central to research design across the social sciences, with a specific emphasis on their application to media and communications contexts: the general nature of research as social inquiry, interviewing, critical discourse analysis, content analysis, visual analysis, survey design/questionnaires, experiments, ethnography and participant observation, as well as research ethics.
ii. Principles of Social Research: A series of ten three-hour workshops (each comprised of two x 1.5 hour sessions) offered by media and communications staff in LT. Students are required to participate in all ten workshops.
iii. Quantitative Analysis: Students have to take two statistics courses offered by the Methodology Department: MY451M Introduction to Quantitative Analysis; MY452L Applied Regression Analysis. Please note that these courses are compulsory and automatically included when you register for the standard MC4M2 course. (Students may be permitted to substitute a more advanced course offered by the Methodology Department in place of MY451M and/or MY452L, with the approval of the MC4M2 course convenor and subject to timetabling constraints.)
i. Principles of Research in Media and Communications: Lecture (one hour) x 10 MT; Lecture on Writing Methodological Critiques (one hour) x 1 LT.
ii. Principles of Social Research: Workshop (three hours) x 10 LT (each comprised of two 1.5 hour sessions).
iii. Quantitative Analysis: MY451M: Lecture (two hours) x 9 MT; Computer class (one hour) x 9 MT; MY452L: Lecture (two hours) x 9 LT; Computer class (one hour) x 9 LT
Adams, R. C. (1989) Social Survey Methods for Mass Media Research, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates;
Alasuutari, P. (1995) Researching Culture, Sage;
Bryman, A. (2001) Social Research Methods. Oxford: Oxford University Press;
Bauer, M. W. & Gaskell, G. (Eds) (2000) Qualitative Researching with Text, Image and Sound: A Practical Handbook, Sage;
Bell, A. and Garrett, P. (eds.) (1998) Approaches to Media Discourse, Oxford: Blackwell;
Burton, D. (2000) Research Training for Social Scientists: A Handbook for Postgraduate Researchers, Sage;
Deacon, D. et al. (1999) Researching Communications: A Practical Guide to Methods in Media and Cultural Analysis, Oxford University Press;
Dillman, D.A., Smythe, J.D. & Christian, L.M. (2009) Internet, Mail, and Mixed-mode Surveys: The Tailored Design Method (3rd edition). John Wiley & Sons;
Flick, U. (1998) An Introduction to Qualitative Research, Sage;
Hansen, A. et al. (1998) Mass Communications Research Methods, Macmillan;
Habermas, J. (1997) Knowledge and Human Interest, Polity;
Jensen, K. B. & Jankowski, N. (Eds) (1991) A Handbook of Qualitative Methodologies for Mass Communications Research, Routledge;
Kent, R. (1994) Measuring Media Audiences, Routledge;
Krippendorf, K. (2004) Content Analysis: An introduction to Its Methodology (2nd edition), Sage;
Robson, C. (1993) Real World Research: A Resource for Social Scientists and Practitioner Researchers, Blackwell;
Rose, G. (2011) Visual Methodologies (3rd edition). Sage;
Schroeder, K., Drotner, K., Kline, S., Murray, C. (2003) Researching Audiences. London: Arnold;
Silverman, D. (Ed) (2010) Doing Qualitative Research (3rd Edition), Sage;
Vis, F. & Thelwall, M. (January, 2014) Researching Social Media, Sage;
Webster, R. P. (1985) Basic Content Analysis, Sage.
Yin, R.K. (2013) Case Study Research: Design and Methods (5th edition), Sage;
No one book covers the entire syllabus; students will be expected to read widely in appropriate journals and books, and a list of references will be provided at the start of the course and in advance of the workshops. In Lent Term students will be provided with examples of journal articles in which the discussed research methods are applied.
1. Coursework: One written assignment of not more than 5,000 words to be submitted in ST (66%).
2. Two two-hour examinations in ST relating to Quantitative Analysis MY451M and MY452L (see Methodology Department course guides) (34%).
Department: Media & Communications
Total students 2012/13: 6
Average class size 2012/13: 2
Value: One Unit
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