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CMNS 801: Design and Methodology in Communication Research

Course overview

This course examines the interplay of research questions, methods and theoretical frameworks in research design. It focuses on the epistemological foundations of various methodological approaches and contemporary debates about specific empirical methods. The course is intended to introduce debates about methods and promote reflection on ways of assessing their appropriateness, limitations, assumptions and practical applications in research.

One objective is to encourage students to develop familiarity with a broad range of methodological strategies to enable them to read and critically assess communication research conducted in a variety of different perspectives. Another objective is to provide an opportunity for students to develop a methodological strategy related to their research program and interests. The selection of methods covered in the course will be finalized in consultation with students.

Course syllabus

Spring 2009