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Cursus: MCMV16041
Research Lab 1: Situating Research
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Studiepunten (ECTS)5
Categorie / NiveauM (Master)
CursustypeCursorisch onderwijs
Aangeboden doorFaculteit Geesteswetenschappen; Utrecht Graduate School of Humanities; Domein Media- en Cultuurwetenschappen AM;
Contactpersoondr. M.L. de Lange
Contactpersoon van de cursus
dr. M.L. de Lange
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dr. M.L. de Lange
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T. de Winkel
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1  (04-09-2017 t/m 03-11-2017)
TimeslotD: D (WO-middag, WO-namiddag, Vrijdag)
Cursusinschrijving geopendvanaf 21-08-2017 09:00 t/m 22-08-2017 23:59
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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.

Career orientation:
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.
Je moet voldoen aan de volgende eisen
  • Ingeschreven voor een opleiding van de faculteit Faculteit Geesteswetenschappen
  • Alle onderstaande cursussen zijn behaald
    • Mastercursussen Geesteswetenschappen (200501100)
General knowledge of and insight in debates and practices in the field of media studies.
Voorkennis kan worden opgedaan met
Any BA course with a cultural, sociological, or philosophical focus on media and/or communication.
Bronnen van zelfstudie
- Brennen, Bonnie S. 2012. Qualitataive Research Methods for Media Studies. New York: Routledge.
- Lunenfeld, Peter et al. 2012. Digital_Humanities. Cambridge: MIT Press.
- Pickering, Michael. 2008. Research Methods in Cultural Studies. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
- Deacon, David et al. 1999. Researching Communications: A Practical Guide to Methods in Media and Cultural Analysis. London: Hodder Education.
Verplicht materiaal
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Aanbevolen materiaal
New Media Studies Method Reader - Third Edition (available here:

This module will consist of group seminar work by way of in-class debate, as well as an oral presentation and a written methodology assignment. Each seminar will start by working through the assigned literature on new media methods, followed by a discussion on example methodologies. Students will also engage in a mock-ethics debate at some point during the block.

Voorbereiding bijeenkomsten
Students need to prepare the assigned compulsory literature; that is read the literature and prepare a number of questions about or raise issues with the literature. Where relevant, students will ask to draw connections with the theories that are taught in the concomittant New Media Theories module. Also, students will be asked to prepare one group presentation, one mock-ethics controversy, and one individual written methodology assignment.

Bijdrage aan groepswerk
The group work in this module consists of the preparation of one methods presentation and one mock-ethics presentation. They are also expected to actively participate in classroom debate.

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Students are graded on 1) their ability to express methodological issues and concerns in oral as well as written form, 2) their in-depth understanding of the assumptions behind each method and its connection to a theoretical tradition, and 3) their ability to identify and orally present ethical concerns in a new media methods case study.

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