Module Details

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Title Researching Culture and Everyday Life
Code COMM760
Coordinator Dr L Roberts
Communication and Media
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2021-22 Level 7 FHEQ First Semester 15


To develop broad-ranging knowledge of research methods philosophy, design, ethics and practice related to research in the arts, humanities and social sciences

To familiarise students with a range of methods and interdisciplinary approaches to the study of media, culture and everyday life

To develop practical and critical-creative skills that help foster flexibility and reflexivity in research design and in the undertaking of large-scale research projects in the arts and humanities

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students will acquire broad foundational knowledge of research methods design, research philosophy and research ethics policy and practice

(LO2) Students will gain familiarity in research methods and approaches tailored for advanced level research and scholarship in media, culture and everyday life

(LO3) Students will develop requisite practical knowledge and critical-creative skills necessary for the undertaking and successful completion of large-scale research projects in the arts and humanities

(S1) Information and research skills - Critical reading

(S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Critical analysis and dissemination

(S3) Time and project management - Project planning



The module content will be delivered in three blocks of lectures. The first of these (weeks 1-4) is delivered to all PGT students registered on Communication and Media programmes and provides broad foundational knowledge required for research methods design, philosophy and pathway towards preparation of a research project proposal, which is the common assessment across all Communication and Media PGT programmes.

Week 1 – Introduction to module: 'what is research?'
Week 2 – Research methodologies: philosophical principles and frameworks
Week 3 – Research in practice: understanding primary and secondary research and analysis
Week 4 – Research ethics – issues, policy, best practice

will include lectures that address the following methods and approaches:
Writing culture – ethnography and autoethnography
Archiveology – archival practices as critical, creativ e and historiographical interventions
Sensory and affective methods – embodiment, phenomenology, non-representational methods
Visual methods – elicitation, semiotics, textual analysis, discourse analysis, photo-roman
Microhistory and everyday life – subaltern and postcolonial histories, micro-data
Beyond method - embracing the creative messiness of research, research as bricolage, experimental methods, creative and ‘uncreative; writing

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Summary of Learning and Teaching Methods:
Teaching method: workshop
Description: weekly lecture combined with interactive discussion
This activity may be online or on campus and could be subject to changes.
Schedule directed student hours: 24
Unscheduled directed student hours: 126
Attendance recorded: YES
Description of how self-directed learning hours may be used: reading module learning materials (key and suggested literature, lecture slides, additional reference material provided); assessment preparation

Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours           24

Timetable (if known)           120 mins X 1 totaling 24
Private Study 126


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Research project proposal Resit opportunity = Yes Anonymous = No  -2000 words    100       

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