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Seminar on Internet Research Analysis (2 º Sem 2016/2017)

Code: 02677
Acronym: 02677
Level: 1st Cycle
Basic: No
Teaching Language(s): English
Friendly languages:
Be English-friendly or any other language-friendly means that UC is taught in a language but can either of the following conditions:
1. There are support materials in English / other language;
2. There are exercises, tests and exams in English / other language;
3. There is a possibility to present written or oral work in English / other language.
1 6.0 0.0 h/sem 20.0 h/sem 0.0 h/sem 0.0 h/sem 0.0 h/sem 0.0 h/sem 1.0 h/sem 21.0 h/sem 129.0 h/sem 0.0 h/sem 150.0 h/sem
Since year 2014/2015
Pre-requisites Not applicable
Objectives The main aim of the course is to understand and explore the use of specific methodological strategies in Internet research and analysis. To discuss the strengths and limits of online qualitative and quantitative approaches and to address the latest debates and controversies regarding the ways in which the Internet can be used to research. The course intends to provide students with a variety of research tools regarding Internet environment ranging from designing an Internet research, to accessing archives and statistical data, to apply observational techniques and participant observation of online communities or constructing an online questionnaire. A major concern will also be making the students critically aware of the ethical questions regarding Internet research.
Program The course will range across the following key topics:
1) New reality means new methods? The development of new methodological approaches and techniques in Internet research;
2) Entering the virtual field: Critical evaluation of online qualitative and ethnographic fieldwork;
3) Online survey research: possibilities and challenges;
4) Ethical principles concerning online research;
5) Accessing, collecting and analysing online archives and statistical databases;
6) Observational techniques and participant observation of virtual communities;
7) Designing and conducting online interviews. Synchronous and asynchronous techniques;
8) Content analysis of Internet data;
9) Method assessment; sampling methods; reliability and validity of online collected data;
10) Questionnaire design, administration and collection of data; Construction of a online questionnaire ? an exercise;
11) Social network analysis, Webometrics and other state of the art techniques.
Evaluation Method Students will be asked to participate actively in all sessions (10% of the total grade). They will also be asked to give one presentation regarding a specific topic. The presentation represents 30% of the total grade. The evaluation will be based finally on the writing of an essay (10-15 pages). The total working time required for the draft of the essay is estimated in about 20 hours of library research and /or fieldwork. The final essay represents 60% of the total grade.
Teaching Method The course will consist of lectures followed by seminar discussion and practice. At the end of the course students will: have a thorough grasp of major debates about Internet research methods, of the advantages and limits of different online research strategies and the ethical questions arising from their uses; be able to apply a variety of Internet research techniques. Each student will deliver a presentation and write one essay on a specific topic.
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