LET-ACWB100-ACS
Research Methods
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleLET-ACWB100-ACS
Credits (ECTS)5
CategoryB1 (First year bachelor)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Arts; Cultural Studies;
Lecturer(s)
Lecturer
dr. E. Fiore
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Contactperson for the course
dr. L. Munteán
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Lecturer
dr. R.J.H. Smeets
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Academic year2020
Period
PER 4  (05/04/2021 to 31/08/2021)
Starting block
PER 4
Course mode
full-time
Remarks-
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesNo
Pre-registrationNo
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
Aims
By the end of the course students will be familiar with a variety of theories and research methods in the humanities and the social sciences. They will know which methods are appropriate to the analysis of texts, contexts and the study of reception, and they will be able to reflect on the methods’ strengths and limitations. Students will also receive an introduction to key concepts in American Studies as a basis for some of the courses they will take in the second and third year of the ACS program. 
Content
This course aims to provide students with a theoretical and methodological apparatus that equips them to conduct research within the interdisciplinary field of Arts and Cultural Studies. The first part of the course is structured around three themes: 1. text, in which students will learn to reflect on and apply hermeneutic models of interpretation; 2. context, which includes critical discourse analysis (CDA) and institutional critique, whereby students are taught how to operationalize what they have learned in the course ‘Cultural Theory’; and 3. reception, drawing on such social sciences approaches as oral history, interviewing and participant observation. The second part of the course prepares ACS students for American Studies courses that they will take as of their second year. Central to the course is the idea that methods are not neutral instruments and that each method serves as a means to answer particular types of research questions and yielding particular types of results. The course will take several case studies as objects of analysis and, by way of approaching them through various media in a variety of contexts, it will allow students to familiarize themselves and experiment with a range of methods they will use in their future assignments, as well as in their thesis project.
Level

Presumed foreknowledge

Test information

Specifics

Required materials
Articles
Title:Articles.

Instructional modes
Lecture
Attendance MandatoryYes

Seminar
Attendance MandatoryYes

Tests
Paper
Test weight60
Test typeProject
OpportunitiesBlock PER 4, Block PER 4

Minimum grade
5,5

Presentation
Test weight20
Test typeOral exam
OpportunitiesBlock PER 4, Block PER 4

Minimum grade
5,5

Presentation
Test weight20
Test typeOral exam
OpportunitiesBlock PER 4, Block PER 4

Minimum grade
5,5