At the end of this module, students will have learned which method may serve which types of research questions, and will be able to assess the ethical and practical viability of each such method. They will also have grasped which methods (and their implied epistemological traditions and theoretical underpinnings) will be appropriate for pursuing their own individual research interest. Students will have learned how to express all these aspects of the methodology trajectory in oral and written form, by way of participating in in-class debate, of a group presentation, and of a written methodology assignment.
This module will re-introduce students to the methods and methodologies that are viable in the field of new media studies in the humanities at Utrecht University. On top of this, students wil engage in meta-reflection about the conceptual underpinnings these methods; ie. they will learn about the traditions, assumptions and the explicit or implicit connections with certain new media theories in the humanities that are taught in the concomitant New Media Theories module. In connection with learning to identify the assumptions and traditions behind these methods, students will learn to assess the possible ethical issues involved in the application of each individual method and the justification in light of research ethics when formulating a methodology or research question.|
This module aims to teach students advanced academic professionalisation skills, and therefore will incorporate many key examples and case studies from the academic working field.