Full course description
In this module students will draw together what they have learned so far they will apply their theoretical insights, research methods, and practical skills in order to design their research plan for the second semester thesis. Each of the five first-semester modules has emphasised a particular disciplinary and/or theoretical approach and a specific methodology, but always in a problem oriented and interdisciplinary context. In the second semester students will develop their own research on developments and issues in contemporary media culture; the research plan will support them in connecting their own research questions and strategies to the previous modules. Students will design this research plan in a step-by-step process. These steps will be prepared by an introductory lecture. In the first week students will explore their thesis topic and discuss their ideas. Students will also take part in a workshop on how to peer-review a research proposal. In the following weeks, students will support each other by engaging in weekly peer-review sessions in which they critically evaluate the work of their colleagues.
Assisting students in phrasing research questions and designing a research plan; instructing students on how to peer-review a research proposal.
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