The Research Journey Lecture Notes
An overview of doing a primary research project
Primary research – engaging with different methods which can give deeper understanding of a subject
Research – Finding relevant sources of knowledge about a subject. Establishing a context. Leaning new information to understand.
Research seeks the answer to a question or a solution to a problem.
Research is rooted in theory, and may develop new theory.
Research contributes to the existing body of knowledge on a topic.
Research process – not cleanly linear, interchangeable & mingling stages
Examining & deconstructing case studies of media artefacts
Theory used as a framework to examine case studies – a filter to view artefacts through (Feminism, Semiotics, Narratology, Gender etc.)
Social Science analysis
Methods used in sociology, psychology, and cultural studies to understand humans, their behaviours, and their interactions.
Quantitative vs. Qualitative research
Learning by doing – gaining insight by going through processes
Theory used as framework for analysis
Synthesise any primary research with your reading
Develop answer to your research question – your thesis
Plan and write the chapters of your dissertation
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