Kirsten A Foot
Focuses on designing Internet research, assessing the adaptation of proven methods to Internet tools and environments, and developing new methods in view of particular capacities and characteristics of Internet applications. Legal and ethical aspects of Internet research receive ongoing consideration.
The purpose of this course is to help prepare you to design high quality research projects that employ internet applications/tools to study social phenomena online. The focus of the course will be on assessing the incorporation of internet applications as tools in proven methods of social research, the adaptation of social research methods to study online phenomena, and the development of new methods and tools that correspond with the particular capacities and characteristics of internet applications.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Seminar/workshop, with some co-facilitation by students.
Prerequisite: At least one graduate-level methods course for social research. This course assumes that students have some familiarity with social research design, and an interest in conducting research on social phenomena via digital-networked technologies.
Class assignments and grading
*Preparation for class sessions through assigned readings *Participation (30%): *Informed contributions to discussions, in class & online *Completion of occasional in-class and take-home ungraded exercises *2 brief (5-6 pages, hard copy) analytical essays (40%): 1)Analysis of method 2)Comparative analysis of two research designs *Final paper: design for an Internet research project (30%)