This coming Monday evening in my Understanding Media Studies lecture class I’m talking about methodology. It’s just an overview — an opportunity to introduce students to the concept of “methodology” (and its relationship to “methods” and “theoretical frameworks” and “epistemologies”), and to encourage them to start thinking now about which specialized methods courses they might want to take in future semesters.
Okay, that probably sounds super-boring. I happen to love thinking about methodology, but I realize that it makes most people’s eyes glaze over. Rest assured: I’m not going to talk about participant observation or standard deviation or triangulation. Instead, I’m here because I want to take a minute to dust off some pretty awesome (if I may say so myself) resources I dug up from the wordsinspace basement while prepping for next week’s lecture. I apparently created this stuff back in 2005 for my graduate Media Research Methods class, but lord help me if I remember doing it.
Well, some of this material has reappeared regularly in a few of my classes since then. My lesson on Surveying the Field, for instance, evolved into this:
And my lesson on “Exploring Topics and Beginning Research” turned into this and this, and my literature review assignment eventually became this guide. Then there’s my lesson on “Finding Funding,” which I simply haven’t had the energy to update regularly.
But there’s all this great stuff that I completely forgot about: like my lessons on “Production and Culture Industry Research,” “Historical Research,” and “Critical Approaches” (covering everything from formal to narrative analysis, and with a special hidden “audio motivator” — “Eye of the Tiger,” of course — to encourage perseverance). Then there are the lessons on “Discourse Analysis,” “Qualitative Methods,” “Media as Research Instruments,” and “Media in Ethnography,” and a quick overview of “Quantitative Methods.”
How do I not remember creating any of this?