Entering the Field: Media Culture II
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The course “Entering the Field II” will support students in understanding research approaches in the field of Media Culture. The course 'Entering the Field II: Media Culture' will consist of tutorials and lectures devoted to the specialisation’s thesis frames and relevant methodologies. It will support students in understanding research approaches in the field of Media Culture. After having completed 'Entering the Field I: Media Culture', students will be familiar with topics, theories and methods relevant to this field; e.g. remediation, Habermas’ theory of the public sphere, different conceptualisations of (mediated) communication/interaction, and new media in between connectedness and connectivity. Subsequently, 'Entering the Field II' introduces students to: (1) methods and tools used for research in the field of Media Culture and (2) the types of research that can be done within Media Culture. The students will be introduced to the thesis frames which will be exemplified through lectures by FASoS staff members. These lectures will help them to understand the connection between theory, method and research. More specifically, during the seminars they will discuss how semiotics, discourse analysis and (virtual) ethnography may be applied as methods in Media Culture. The thesis frames will support students in researching issues or practices related to the media culture fields of industry/producers and users, industry/producers and media texts, and media texts and users. The thesis frames explain that in today’s digital societies, we often deal with crossovers and interconnections between those fields as well as the blurring boundaries between media producers, media products and users. They aim at guiding students in narrowing down their thesis subjects (in line with the academic expertise available within FASoS), hence ensuring that they are ready to start developing ideas for their BA thesis and undertaking individual research. These seminars are also used as opportunity to introduce students to faculty members who can potentially serve as thesis supervisors.
After completing the course, students should be able to recognise and understand what kind of research (methods, theories, results) is done within the field of Media Culture; they should understand how relevant methods in the Media Culture specialisation like semiotics, discourse analysis and (virtual) ethnography may be applied; and they should be familiar with the thesis frames.
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