MEVIT4800 - Methods in Media and Journalism Research

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Course content

This course presents methods that are central to empirical research in media and communication research and in journalism research.
These methods include research interviews, document-analysis, content-analysis, surveys and introductory statistics. A central aim is to increase students’ understanding of the choices involved throughout a research process, including assessing what methods are appropriate for different research purposes.

Learning outcome

Students will

  • be able to critically evaluate and assess existing empirical research
  • be able to design and conduct their own scientific investigations within media and journalism research
  • be able to discuss methodological issues critically
  • be able to analyse different types of data
  • enhance their understanding of the scientific process, including the relation between theory and empirical evidence

Admission

Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.

Admission as master student, with a Bachelor´s Degree in Media Studies or equivalent.

Prerequisites

Recommended previous knowledge

The course builds on basic methodological knowledge such as provided in MEVIT2800 - Metoder i medievitenskap or similar courses in quantitative and qualitative methodology.

Teaching

Teaching takes place throughout the semester organized as lectures, working groups and SPSS seminars. The workload is equivalent to seven weeks of full time studies.

Lectures will be given in English. The working groups will decide themselves which language to use.

This course contains a qualification assignment, graded approved/ not approved. The qualification assignment will involve participation in the SPSS seminars. Each SPSS group will meet one full day a week for two weeks, and the SPSS groups will be assigned according to study programme.
The details and deadlines for the qualifications assignment will be given at the beginning of the semester.

Examination

School exam (4 hours).

A qualification assignment must be approved before the exam.

The exam in this subject will be digital and will be conducted in Inspera Assessment. For more information see the semester page for this subject. You can find a link under the heading "Schedule, syllabus and examination date" on this page.

Digital examination

The written examination is conducted in the digital examination system Inspera. Read more about written examinations using Inspera.

You will need to familiarize yourself with the digital examination arrangements in Inspera. Read more about training in Inspera.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English.You may submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Students enrolled in the Nordic Media programme option must write their exams in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

Evaluation

The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Periodic course evaluation spring 2009

Periodic course evaluation Autumn 2013 (only in Norwegian)

Facts about this course

Credits

10

Level

Master

Teaching

Every autumn

Examination

Every autumn

Teaching language

English