Not available in 2020/21
MY427 Half Unit
Qualitative Research with Digital and Visual Data
This information is for the 2020/21 session.
Dr Jennifer Tarr COL8.06
This course is available on the MSc in Applied Social Data Science, MSc in Culture and Society, MSc in Gender (Research), MSc in Gender, Media and Culture, MSc in Human Geography and Urban Studies (Research), MSc in International Social and Public Policy (Research), MSc in Marketing and MSc in Social Research Methods. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.
The course is also available to PhD students, please see MY527.
There are no prerequisites but some prior training in qualitative research methods is required, equivalent to the level of MY421. Please contact the course convenor if unsure.
Most qualitative research is in the form of written or spoken texts, produced through interviews and field notes or collection and analysis of documents. However, new technologies now offer a range of new tools for producing, gathering and analysing new kinds of data. This course will focus primarily on digital and visual methods and how they are reshaping qualitative research. Topics will include mobile methods, social network analysis; social media; emojis, memes and gifs; photo elicitation; video; and visual analysis. Key example readings will be assigned, discussed and assessed each week. Seminars provide practical skills through hands on exercises of data collection and analysis, closely tied with the lecture content. These skills will be developed further in a final research project on a topic of the students’ choosing to be submitted at the beginning of summer term.
The course aims to understand how qualitative methods can be used in relation to these emerging streams of data. The course is aimed at students who are considering one or more of these elements as part of their dissertation research design and/or who are interested in gaining more advanced skills in qualitative research.
20 hours of lectures and 10 hours of seminars in the LT.
Week 6 will be a Reading Week during which students work independently on their formative assignment. An optional enrichment activity will be assigned.
Seminar activities will receive in-class feedback. A brief proposal for final summative coursework (c. 1000 words) should be submitted and will receive formative feedback and guidance.
Note: No one text covers the whole course.
Rose, G, 2016. Visual methodologies: An introduction to researching with visual materials. London: Sage.
Rogers, R, 2013. Digital methods. Boston: MIT press.
Pink, S, Horst H, Postill J, Hjorth L, Lewis T, Tacchi J. (2016) Digital Ethnography: Principles and Practice. London: Sage.
Project (100%, 4000 words) in the ST.
One 4000-4500 word research project related to the course material, on a topic selected by the student (100%).
Important information in response to COVID-19
Please note that during 2020/21 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the situation of students in attendance on campus and those studying online during the early part of the academic year. For assessment, this may involve changes to mode of delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.
Total students 2019/20: Unavailable
Average class size 2019/20: Unavailable
Controlled access 2019/20: No
Value: Half Unit
Personal development skills
- Team working
- Problem solving
- Application of information skills