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Course module: MCMV16041
Research Lab 1: Situating Research
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Course codeMCMV16041
ECTS Credits5
Category / LevelM (M (Master))
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byFaculty of Humanities; Utrecht Graduate School of Humanities; Domein Media- en Cultuurwetenschappen AM;
Contact persondr. M.L. de Lange
D. Jansen, MA
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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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Teaching period
1  (02/09/2020 to 30/10/2020)
Teaching period in which the course begins
Time slotAD: AD
Study mode
Enrolment periodfrom 17/08/2020 09:00 up to and including 18/08/2020 23:59
Course application processOsiris
Enrolling through OSIRISYes
Enrolment open to students taking subsidiary coursesNo
Waiting listNo
Course placement process(Sub)school
Course goals
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 team 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 course aims to teach students advanced academic and professionalisation skills. Students work in teams on a real-world commissioned assignment from the field of new media, and get to know people and organizations (and their aims, concerns and ways of working) outside of academia.

Only open to students enrolled in the MA programme New Media & Digital Culture.
Additional information
This course will be offered online. Please note: testing might take place on location.
As of August, please check Blackboard regularly for more information concerning your course(s).
Entry requirements
You must meet the following requirements
  • Enrolled for a degree programme of faculty Faculty of Humanities
  • Completed all course modules listed below
    • Mastercourses Humanities (200501100)
Prerequisite knowledge
General knowledge of and insight in debates and practices in the field of media studies.
Prerequisite knowledge can be obtained through
Any BA course with a cultural, sociological, or philosophical focus on media and/or communication.
Private study materials
- 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.
Required materials
Ca. €25 for festival visit Impakt festival and/or excursion.
Recommended materials
New Media Studies Method Reader - Third Edition (available here:
Instructional formats

General remarks
This module will consist of group seminar work by way of in-class practice and debate, as well as an oral presentation and a written methodology assignment. Each seminar involves hands-on practice, group reflection and supervisor feedback on specific methodologies, in relation to their theoretical counterparts as treated in the parallel New Media Theories course. Students will also deal with the ethics of doing research.

Class session preparation
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. In addition, student teams are expected to meet at least once outside of class to prepare and execute the actual research project they are designing during class.

Contribution to group work
The team work in this module consists of setting up a research project together around a real-world commissioned assignment brought in by an actual organization, the preparation of a public presentation about the research outcomes and methodological and ethical considerations. Students are also expected to actively participate in classroom debate.

Test weight100
Minimum grade5.5

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, 3) their capacity to translate their ability to identify and orally present ethical concerns in a case study, 4) the capacity to translate and present research findings to a professional partner/audience.

To be announced.

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