The Digital Age and Internet-Mediated Research



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  • Mi 14:15-15:45


This course is structured in two parts: an introduction to Digital Sociology as well as a practical approach focusing on qualitative research in the digital age.

We will start with an introduction to Digital Sociology as such and get to know basic theoretical approaches to the digital society. We will critically reflect Big Data and re-think our understanding of such concepts as self and community, social temporalities, or space in the digital age.

To deepen the theoretical understanding and enable students to use digital methods for their research, the course will introduce and discuss field research, research strategies, and ethics in digital societies. Students are required to experiment with digital methods and to conclude their own research project over the duration of the course.

Empfohlene Literatur

Boyd, D., & Crawford, K. (2012): Critical questions for big data: Provocations for a cultural, technological and scholarly phenomenon. Information, communication & society, 15(5), 662-679. Holmes, D. (2001): Virtual Globalization. Virtual Spaces/Tourist Spaces. London and New York: Routledge. Ievenberg, I. et. Al. (2018): Research Methods for the Digital Humanities. Hampshire: Palgrave McMillan. Lupton, D. (2013): Digital Sociology. London and New York: Routledge. Marres, N. (2017): Digital Sociology. The Reinvention of Social Research. Cambridge: Polity Press. Orton-Johnson, K. & Prior, N. (2013): Digital Sociology. Critical Perspectives. Hampshire: Palgrave McMillan. Salganik, M. J. (2018): Bit by Bit. Social Research in the Digital Age. Princeton: Princeton University Press. Snee, H. (2016): Digital Methods for Social Science. An Interdisciplinary Guide to Research Innovation. Hampshire: Palgrave McMillan. Stets, J. & Serpe R. (2016): New Directions in Identity Theory and Research. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Wajcman, J. & Dodd, N. (2017): The Sociology of Speed. Digital, Organizational, and Social Temporalities. Oxford: Oxford University Press. White, K. (2002): An Introduction to the sociology of health, London: Sage.