COMM4105 Research Methods in Media and Communication

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours core unit in Communication and Media Studies [Bachelor of Arts (Honours)]
This unit introduces students to a variety of common methods and theoretical approaches used in media and communication research. Examples include content analysis and framing analysis. The history and structure of each method, and their limitations, are critically analysed. Students engage with specific applications of the method 'in action'. By the end of the unit students gain experience in evaluating methods and examining which method is best suited to explore different research objects and questions.
Students are able to (1) understand the pros and cons of a range of core methods and (2) reflect on and critically examine methods used in media and communication research.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) short summaries; (2) essay; and (3) seminar participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Steven Maras
Contact hours
seminars: up to 3 hrs per week for 11 weeks
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
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