MEDIA501-21A (NET)

Critical and Creative Approaches to Research

30 Points

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School of Arts
Screen and Media Studies


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Paper Description

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The research strategies discussed might be undertaken from various perspectives-cultural studies, media studies, social sciences, or others. Therefore, general and specific skills necessary to perform various steps of a research will be explored, including:

the development of research question, the design of a research process, the critical appraisal to research approaches and methods, the writing of a literature review, the understanding of an ethical approach, and other steps intrinsic to the research process.

The paper addresses the following aspects of a research practice:

  • What is a research process?
  • How to explore a research topic and devise a research question?
  • What are conceptual research frameworks?
  • How can methodologies, and methods, affect research questions and analysis?
  • How can we design a research project?
  • How can we evaluate qualitative analysis?
  • How can interdisciplinary research affect cultural practices?
  • How can we understand research in a creative practice context?

The three assessments aim to integrate critical thinking, conceptual research, methodological processes, and ethical perspectives. This course seeks to develop the following competencies:

  • an understanding of the integration of methodological concepts in the research process
  • an understanding of the ways methods and modes of analysis contribute to question complex intellectual and social problems
  • an understanding of the ways research is impacted by, and impacts on, various cultural contexts
  • an understanding on how interdisciplinary research processes can be applied to diverse academic, and non-academic, settings
  • an understanding of ethical research and the process of applying for ethics approval
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Paper Structure

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The lectures will introduce key concepts, connecting these with the overall design of the paper.

  • The Panopto recordings, videos, PowerPoint slides and other material will be posted following each lecture (Wednesday morning Hamilton time at the latest).
  • We will have a Zoom meeting on Thursday, at the time convenient for students in many time zones.
  • There will be an open forum for the weekly topics. Participations to this forum or to the Zoom meeting are not assessed.

Students are encouraged to actively interact with their peers, debate ideas and provide feedback to each other, using the forum, during the zoom meetings or at your own convenience.

You are also encouraged to keep a weekly research journal outlining the process of experimentation and the associated documentation of your research journey.
You could create a personal blog, a website or googlesite to keep track of ideas and can include different sorts of material (academic papers, audio-visual material and other inputs) valuable to explore the research process. This is journal is not part of an assessment, just a suggestion.

Please contact me directly via email only (not via Moodle message):
In the title of you email add the paper code , student id and full name, thank you.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • Develop an understanding of theoretical approaches to cultural studies and media research
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  • Develop a critical perspective on the role of research in a creative practice setting
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  • Acquire a broader understanding of the potential of future research practice in academic and non-academic contexts
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  • Understand how to operate as autonomous and ethical researchers
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  • Upon completing the course
    • students will have made a broad assessment of the variety of research methods.
    • Students will have explored theoretical issues arising within the field of research practices.
    • Students will have appreciated the value of conceptual framework and experimentation
    • Students will have explored how research can become a cross pollination tool between disciplines

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All items of assessment are internally assessed and details are provided below
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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
11 Apr 2021
7:00 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
16 May 2021
7:00 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. THREE: ETHICS application (30%)
6 Jun 2021
7:00 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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Required and recommended Readings are available for download on the paper reading list
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Recommended Readings

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a reading list is online, and should be used!

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Other Resources

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To encourage discussion students are welcome to propose material during lecture (written works, readings, Audio Visual material, performance etc..) related to the weekly topic. Please give a week notice.

There is a resources folder in which you will find tips for various assessments.

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Online Support

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Supported through Moodle.
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The expectations are that in addition to weekly viewing of lectures and associated documents you should spend another 15 hours/week on exploring topics and assessment work.

Do not hesitate to contact student support for help or to make an appointment with an English tutor. However please consult this site prior:

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Restricted Papers: SMST501

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