Checking date: 25/04/2024

Course: 2024/2025

Research methodologies for journalism
Bachelor in Journalism (Plan: 383 - Estudio: 212)


Department assigned to the subject: Communication and Media Studies Department

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


The objectives of the course are: to provide theoretical-methodological elements for the approach, development and resolution of problems in the framework of a research process in Journalism and Communication, as well as to apprehend the theoretical approaches that govern the process of scientific research. The skills acquired are: Instrumental skills: capacity planning, and organization apprehension of basic general knowledge of the research methodology. Interpersonal skills: teamwork. Systemic skills: ability to apply knowledge in practice, research, design and project management, initiative and entrepreneurship, objectives skills.
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
Lesson 1-Introduction to research. Lesson 2- Scientific method and designing a project. Lesson 3.- Quantitative methods in communication. Lesson 4.- Analysis of content Lesson 5.- Qualitative methods in communication (I). Observation, Case studies. Lesson 5.- Qualitative methods in communication (I). Interviews Lesson 7.- Experimental and digital methods. Lesson 8.- Trends in communication research.
Learning activities and methodology
Combination of theoretical teachings (3ECTS) and application to research practice (3ECTS) on the conceptual basis assimilated during the master classes. Group training activity on a research topic proposed by the students to which the learned methodological techniques will be applied. Throughout the course, team research will be developed with weekly guidelines and corrections by the teaching staff. The tutoring regime is that established by University regulations, with setting schedules and dissemination in Aula Global.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 50
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 50

Calendar of Continuous assessment

Extraordinary call: regulations
Basic Bibliography
  • NEILSON,T. y RHEAMS, D.. Research Methods for the Digital Humanities. Palgrave, Macmillan. 2018
  • ROGERS, R. . Digital methods, . The MIT Press, Cambridge. 2013
  • WHITE, P, . Developing research questions. A guide for social scientists, . Palgrave Macmillan. 2009
  • WIMMER, R.D., y DOMINICK, J.R.. Mass Media Research. An introduction. . Wadsworth. 2011

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