Checking date: 17/09/2019

Course: 2019/2020

Research Methods from the Perspective of Cultural Change
Study: Master in Applied Research in Media (248)


Department assigned to the subject: Department of Communication

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Competences and skills that will be acquired and learning results.
Appropriation of the scientific way of thinking. Handling the epistemological and technical tools for research. Management of the rules of production and diffusion of knowledge Knowledge of classic and nowadays theoretical and methodological approaches to cultural changes (media and technology)
Description of contents: programme
1. The role of research in social sciences. Theories and methodologies for the study of cultural change 2. The problems of studying cultural change: periodizing, archive, sources and writing 3. Analyzing cultural change: from historiography to media archaeology and new media histories 4. The circuit of culture: Representation, Identity, Production, Consumption and Regulation 5. The subjects of cultural change 6. The spaces of cultural change 7. The times of cultural change 8. Audiovisual history and memory
Learning activities and methodology
The course will enhance the participation of the students in their apprenticeship, so: 1) Course texts will be provided in each part of the syllabus to be discussed in class. 2) Students will also be provided with an introduction to the resources of university library in order to be able of coping with the procedures for searching, processing and discussing scientific literature, specially in the methodological approaches. 3) Students are encouraged to elaborate a research project from their interests, with an special emphasis in the state of the art of the subject matter and in an appropriate methodological design.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 50
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 50
Basic Bibliography
  • Biltereyst, D.; Maltby, R. y Meers, P. (eds.). The Routledge Companion to New Cinema History. Routledge. 2019
  • Caldwell, J. T.. Production Culture: Industrial Reflexivity and Critical Practice in Film and Television. Duke University Press. 2008
  • Elsaesser, T.. Film History as Media Archaeology: Tracking Digital Cinema. Amsterdam University Press. 2016
  • Palacio, Manuel. La televisión durante la Transición española. Cátedra. 2012
  • Parikka, J.. What is Media Archaeology?. Polity Press. 2012
  • du Gay, P. (ed.). Production of Culture / Cultures of Production. SAGE. 1997
  • du Gay, P., Hall, S., Janes, L., Mackay, H. and Negus, K. . Doing Cultural Studies: The Story of the Sony Walkman. SAGE. 1996
Additional Bibliography
  • Allen, R. C. y Gomery, D.. Teoría y Práctica de la Historia del Cine. Paidós. 1995
  • Burke, P.. ¿Qué es la historia cultural?. Paidós. 2006
  • Gitelman, L. y Pingree, G. (eds.). New Media, 1740-1915. MIT Press. 2003
  • Mignolo, W. y Walsh, C.. On Decoloniality: Concepts, Analytics, Praxis. Duke University Press. 2018
  • Parks, L. y Starosielski, N.. Signal Traffic. Critical Studies of Media Infrastructures. University of Illinois Press. 2015
  • VV.AA.. Cuadernos Tecmerin. Tecmerin. 2012-2019

The course syllabus and the academic weekly planning may change due academic events or other reasons.