Full course description
The BA thesis is the final piece of work in the BA Digital Society programme, providing you with the opportunity to demonstrate the skills and knowledge developed in the preceding two and a half years. You are expected to write a substantial thesis (9000-11,000 words) that adheres to the conventions of academic writing and to make a digital object. Making a digital object enables you to approach research questions from a practical perspective. The digital object can be part of an established digital method, such as GIS, text mining, or data visualisation, but it can also enrich a method we would not usually consider digital. For example, you could make a podcast that deals with digital art and write an essay on sound and digital art, or take digital photos to be used to elicit answers from interviewees in an ethnographic study. This combination enables you to demonstrate their understanding of digital technologies inside-out, their technical design, how to make digital objects, as well as the societal implications of making and using them.
After completing your BA thesis, you will be able to:
- Write a substantial academic essay that draws on the knowledge and skills acquired in previous Digital Society courses;
- Develop a methodological framework and conduct independent research;
- Collect literature that is relevant to the chosen research question and use it to build a sound, written academic argument;
- Consider the possibilities and limitations of using digital objects to collect and/or analyse data.
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