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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Sociology Short Name: SOCM037A
Level: M Module Co-ordinator: ALEXANDER VD Dr (Sociology)
Number of credits: 15 Number of ECTS credits: 7.5
Module Availability
Spring Semester
Assessment Pattern
Two exercises of 2,000 words, one on documentary methods nd one on online methods
Module Overview
Module Aims
Learning Outcomes

Learning outcomes



Having completed this module students should



  • be familiar with the range of documentary and online methods


  • be able to use basic documentary and online techniques


  • have an understanding of these methods through classroom projects


  • be able to critically evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of these methods and their place in contemporary sociology


Module Content
  • Overview of documentary methods
  • Content analysis
  • Semiotics
  • Visual sources (media texts, art historical analysis)
  • Personal documents
  • Biographies
  • Life history
  • Oral history
  • Multimedia ethnography
  • Research in digital environments
  • Using email, discussion lists and on-line focus groups
  • Research in ‘virtual worlds’
Methods of Teaching/Learning
Selected Texts/Journals

Selected references



Banks, M (2001) Visual Methods in Social Research, Sage.



Chaplin, E (1994) Sociology and Visual Representation, Routledge.



Hine, C. (ed.) (2005) Virtual Methods, Berg



Jones, S (ed.) (1998) Doing Internet Research: Critical Issues and Methods for



Examining the Net, Sage



Mann, C & Stewart, F (2000) Internet Communication and Qualitative Research,






Rose, G (2001) Visual Methodologies, Sage.



Scott, J (1990) A Matter of Record, Polity.



Thompson, P (1978).  The Voice of the Past:  Oral History, Oxford University Press.





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27th August, 2009