Introduction to Academic Research (for the Humanities and Social Sciences)

Kristina Pia Hofer
Arts and Society, Cross-Disciplinary Strategies
2020W, Lecture and Discussion (VD), 2.0 ECTS, 2.0 semester hours, course number S03558

Description

This course provides a basic survey of methods and strategies for qualitative academic research and writing for the humanities and social sciences. I will give short lectures on formats and techniques (how-to's for: descriptions, interpretations, abstracts, thesis statements, referencing, organizing literature …). You will then have the opportunity to immediately put my input to practice: each week, you will complete a short writing assignment, and bring it to class for discussion. In class, we'll work through your assignments in peer review sessions, in which you will give and receive feedback to/from your peers, and also from me. Depending on how the COVID-19 situation develops, we might go on field trips to relevant institutions (galleries, libraries) for hands-on engagement with the routine practices of qualitative academic research in the humanities and social sciences.

Examination Modalities

Attendance is mandatory. Grades will be calculated according to: participation in class (especially in group assignments), your portfolio (=collection of all written assignments, to be handed in by the end of the term), and a reflective oral or written exam in January 2021.

Comments

UPDATE November 3: Starting with November 10, classes will take place online. Links and passwords are provided in the ownCloud course folder.

This class is part of the curriculum for Cross-Disciplinary Strategies (CDS). Whether students from other faculties will be admitted to the course is subject to room capacities.

Students from other programs are very welcome to register for my PS Introduction to Media Studies - Methods and Methodologies, course number S03463, where we'll also cover a number of research strategies at an introductory level.

Dates

06 October 2020, 13:45–15:30 Seminar Room 33b
13 October 2020, 09:15–11:00 Seminar Room 33b
20 October 2020, 09:15–11:00 Seminar Room 33b
27 October 2020, 09:15–11:00 Seminar Room 33b
03 November 2020, 09:15–11:00 , "CANCELLED"
10 November 2020, 09:15–11:00 Distance Learning (details as described)
17 November 2020, 09:15–11:00 Distance Learning (details as described)
24 November 2020, 09:15–11:00 Distance Learning (details as described)
01 December 2020, 09:15–11:00 Distance Learning (details as described)
15 December 2020, 09:15–11:00 Distance Learning (details as described)
12 January 2021, 09:15–11:00 Distance Learning (details as described)
19 January 2021, 09:15–11:00 Distance Learning (details as described)
26 January 2021, 09:15–11:00 Distance Learning (details as described)

Course Enrolment

From 04 September 2020, 00:00 to 31 October 2020, 23:59
Via online registration

co-registration: possible

Cross-Disciplinary Strategies (Bachelor): Science and Technology: Foundation: Academic Writing

Individual courses: possible