CMN 596 (01) - Special Topics in Media Studies

Top/Media Studies Research

Credits: 4.0
Term: Spring 2020 - Full Term (01/21/2020 - 05/04/2020)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   20  
CRN: 52401
Selected topics not covered by existing courses in media studies. Topics vary; course descriptions are available in department office during preregistration. May be repeated for credit if topics differ. Prereq: CMN 455 with C or better, or by permission.
Section Comments: Full Title: Putting Media Research into Practice
Instructor Approval Required. Contact Instructor for permission then register through Webcat.
Prerequisite(s): CMN 455 with minimum grade of C
Equivalent(s): CMN 595
Only listed campus in section: Durham
Classes not allowed in section: Freshman
Only listed majors in section: CMN:BUSAPPL, CMN:MEDIA, COMMUNICATION
Instructors: STAFF

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
1/21/2020 5/4/2020 MWF 10:10am - 11:00am HORT 304
Additional Course Details: 

Special Topics Course Title:  Putting Media Research into Practice.  What are the differences between journalism and academic research? How can I differentiate between opinion and fact? What makes a good research question? What are the ethical challenges of doing research on people?     
This course provides students with an introduction to research in media studies. In this course, students will learn to identify, locate, and critically analyze academic research. They will consider what makes a “good” research question and explore various methods for answering those questions. The course will focus on qualitative methods used in media studies research including content analysis, textual analysis and semiotics, participant observation and ethnography, interviewing and focus groups, and digital methods. Working in groups and individually, students will design their own research projects based on their personal interests. As they design their studies, they will consider the practical and ethical challenges involved in conducting primary research. At the end of the course, students will have the skills to design and execute primary research in media studies.