Research Methodology

Summary

Admission requirements

The completion of minimum 30 credits of the Communication for Development Master Program.

Syllabus

Syllabus for students spring 2018, autumn 2017, spring 2017, autumn 2016, spring 2016, autumn 2015, spring 2015, autumn 2014, spring 2014, autumn 2013, spring 2013, autumn 2012

Course Code:
KK623C revision 1
Level of specialisation
A1F
Main fields of study:
Communication for Development
Language:
English
Date of establishment:
09 February 2012
Date of ratification:
24 February 2012
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Culture and Society
Enforcement date:
03 September 2012

Advancement in relation to the degree requirements

The course is mandatory for the Master Degree in Communication for Development (60 credits).

Entry requirements

The completion of minimum 30 credits of the Communication for Development Master Program.

Learning outcomes

KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING
After completing the course, the student shall demonstrate:

• an understanding of the principles and rationale of a range of research paradigms of relevance for the studies of Communication for Development,
• in-depth knowledge about advantages and disadvantages of specific research methods, and
• knowledge about research within the broader academic and practical field of Communication for Development.


SKILLS AND CAPACITIES
After completing the course, the student shall demonstrate:

• the ability to formulate research questions, design a study and select methods appropriate for specific research needs,
• the capacity to reflect upon methodological aspects related to various research paradigms, and to see the relationship between theoretical discourse and choice of methods, and
• the capacity to apply research methods in the area of Communication for Development.

CRITICAL SKILLS AND APPROACH
After completing the course, the student shall demonstrate:

• the capacity to critically reflect upon their own role and position as researchers, such as power issues, ethical aspects as well as limitations and strengths of the outcome result,
• the critical awareness needed to discuss and analyse ethical problems connected to research in the area Communication for Development,
• awareness of risks and harms of different research methods and designs in Communication for Development research, and
• methodological reflection upon methodological issues such as epistemology and ontology.

Assessments

The course is examined through an individual assignment, where the student, on the one hand, should get the opportunity to gain practical experience of the usage of (at least) one particular research method of his/her own choice, and on the other hand to reflect upon and discuss methodological issues of relevance for Communication for Development in general, and the study she/he is planning to pursue during the project work in particular.

Course content

The aim of this course is to give the students the opportunity to gain practical experience of the usage of research methods, and to reflect upon and discuss methodological issues of relevance for Communication for Development in general, and the study they are planning to pursue during their degree project in particular.

Learning activities

Lectures, tuition, literature studies and assignments.

Grading system

Excellent (A), Very Good (B), Good (C), Satisfactory (D), Pass (E) or Fail (U).

Course literature and other teaching materials

Overarching methodology and introduction to a variety of methods
(one of these should be chosen as compulsory reading in the Research methodology module)

Deacon, David, Michael Pickering, Peter Golding & Graham Murdock (2007) Researching Communications. A Practical Guide to Methods in Media and Cultural Analysis. 2nd edition. London: Hodder Arnold.
Hansen, Anders (1998) Mass Communication Research Methods. Basingstoke: Macmillan.
Pickering, Michael (ed. 2008) Research Methods for Cultural Studies. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Suggested in-depth reading about specific methods is listed under the course site
(at least one of these should be chosen for in-depth understanding and guiding in the work with the exam assignment in Research Methodology)

Course evaluation

An anonymous electronic course evaluation is made at the end of the course. The electronic evaluation is accessible for all students.

Other Information

Access to computer with Internet connection (broadband) is required.

Contact

The education is provided by the Faculty of Culture and Society at the department School of Arts and Communication.

Further information

Åsa Ulemark, Student Administrator
Phone: 040-6657212
Tobias Denskus, Course Coordinator
Phone: 040-6657365

Application

12 November 2018 - 20 January 2019 50% Distance (Malmö) This course is offered as part of a program

Tuition fees

for non-EU students only

First instalment: 15000 SEK
Full tuition Fee: 15000 SEK

01 April 2019 - 09 June 2019 50% Distance (Malmö) This course is offered as part of a program