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Undergraduate Course: Researching with media: ordinary, popular and indigenous people's knowledges (GEGR10113)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Geosciences CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryBuilding on a prior foundation in qualitative methods in geography, this course aims to provide students with an applied understanding of the principles and practices of participatory methodologies and ethnomethodology. Students in the class will explore a different topic each year based in their analysis of four different sets of qualitative data. Drawing upon a range of techniques and approaches, students will consider the ways that indigenous peoples and popular knowledges have been used in geographical research. The course will also introduce the foundations of ethnomethodology and conversation analysis as an approach for studying internet-based interactions and videos from Youtube. The course will emphasise the value of careful and critical description of the perspectives of the people they are studying. Much of the learning on the course will take place through groupwork in lab sessions.
Course description Syllabus:

Week 1: Introduction of course topic & membership categorisation analysis (MCA) for internet forums
Week 2: MCA continued and analysing Youtube materials
Week 3-4: Indigenous Knowledges
Week 4-5: Popular Knowledges
Weeks 6-9: Office hours for ongoing research work for report
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed ( Fundamental Methods in Geography (GEGR08009) AND Qualitative Methods in Geography (GEGR09005))
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Course Start Date 21/09/2015
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 10, Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 10, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 10, Formative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 164 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) One 4,000 word report which presents data and analysis from each of the lab exercises. The topic of the report changes every year and is one of human geographical relevance.
Feedback Formative feedback will be given during weekly practical classes. Verbal feedback will be given for the group presentations in week 5. Students will also receive formative written feedback on a 20% sample of their final report on the course, it is submitted during week 5. Feedback will be given on summative assessment at the end of the course and all students will be invited to an examination feedback session following the release of course results.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a detailed, integrated understanding of the theoretical, practical and ethical issues of using media and an understanding of how this field has developed
  2. Be comfortable with a range of techniques and approaches related to using media for participatory research and ethnomethodology, some of which are relatively specialised
  3. Critically consider the appropriateness of various qualitative analysis techniques for different sets of questions, problems and contexts
  4. Understand and have strategies for working with the power dynamics of mediated research encounters so students are capable of communicating effectively with professional level peers and senior colleagues.
  5. Critically review and consolidate their knowledge in this subject for the essay assessment
Reading List
Antaki, C., Ardévol, E., Néunez, F., & Vayreda, A. (2006). For she who knows who she is: Managing Accountability in Online Forum Messages. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication11, 114-132.

Birchall C (2006) Knowledge Goes Pop: From Conspiracy Theory to Gossip. Oxford: Berg

Jones, N., & Raymond, G. (2012). The Camera Rolls: Using Third-Party Video in Field Research. The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 642(1), 109 123.

Smith L T (2012) Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples. London: Zed Books
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Students will be able to:

Effectively search and collect online data from internet forums , video archives (e.g. Youtube) and other media repositories

Present data from media and especially online sources, as forms of evidence in empirically-based reports

Analyse the perspectives, experiences and sources of knowledge and power of people presenting their worlds through media

Report on a pre-established topic presenting and analysing empirical materials from multiple media sources.
KeywordsQualitative methods,online media,sequential analysis,membership categorisation analysis,indigeno
Course organiserDr Eric Laurier
Tel: (0131 6)51 4303
Course secretaryMiss Sarah Mcallister
Tel: (0131 6)50 4917
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