Communication and Culture | Methods of Media Research
C506 | 26970 | Anderson, C.

Tu, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM, C2 272

Open to Graduates Only!

Instructor: Christopher Anderson
Office: 800 E. 3rd St.  room 209
Phone: 855-5914

This course will provide a practical framework for studying the
connection between culture and the media, between the meanings and
practices that form the basis of all modern culture and the
technological means  the media  by which much of that culture is
now produced, circulated, used, or appropriated. Scholars have
analyzed the relationship between culture and media from various
theoretical perspectives using a variety of research methods.  The
course will begin by examining a number of exemplary case studies in
order to weigh the strengths and weaknesses of particular research

The task for the student will be to identify a phenomenon that sheds
light on the connection between culture and media and then to
formulate a set of research questions that will draw out the
implications of this phenomenon.  At this point the student will
design a strategy for answering these questions in a particular
research project. How will you gather evidence?  What kind of
evidence will you seek?  Where will you search?  What strategies
will you use for analyzing or interpreting the evidence?  We will
answer these questions and more as we work systematically through
the stages of the research process.

The goal will be for each student to produce a publishable research
paper or a proposal for a dissertation project.