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160141 PS Vertiefende Methodenlehrveranstaltung (2021S)

Digital ethnography for linguists

Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung


Hinweis: Ihr Anmeldezeitpunkt innerhalb der Frist hat keine Auswirkungen auf die Platzvergabe (kein "first come, first served").


max. 40 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch


Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Class meetings will be held online until further notice.

Donnerstag 04.03. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital
Donnerstag 11.03. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital
Donnerstag 18.03. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital
Donnerstag 25.03. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital
Donnerstag 15.04. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital
Donnerstag 22.04. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital
Donnerstag 29.04. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital
Donnerstag 06.05. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital
Donnerstag 20.05. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital
Donnerstag 27.05. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital
Donnerstag 10.06. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital
Donnerstag 17.06. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital
Donnerstag 24.06. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

In this course, we will deal with digital linguistic ethnography, an approach to the qualitative study of communicative behavior online. As an increasingly popular approach, digital ethnography seeks to apply the core tenets of ethnographic research to the study of the things people do in digital spaces. This course has two main aims:

(a) students should gain an in-depth understanding of the theoretical foundations of digital ethnography, including considerations of how social life operates in an online-offline world;
(b) students should acquire practical knowledge and hands-on experience on how to design and conduct digital ethnographic studies, familiarizing themselves with established methodological tools and learning to make informed methodological decisions.

The course will focus particularly on the relevance of digital ethnographic approaches to (applied) linguistics research while also problematizing disciplinary labels and promoting an interdisciplinary research ethos. We will also be discussing relevant ethics questions (e.g., privacy, empowering research participants).

By the end of the course, students should:
- have a firm understanding of digital ethnography as a full-fledged approach to studying online communication;
- be able to critically evaluate the relevance of various methodological approaches that may suit their research interests;
- be capable of making informed methodological decisions in their research pursuits;
- know how to design and conduct a digital ethnographic study on a topic of their choice;
- have developed their skills in critical group discussions, public presentations and academic writing.

The course will be taught in English. Initially, course meetings will be held online. It is hoped that over the course of the semester we will be able to transition into a "hybrid" teaching format and also have in-person meetings.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

The course will rely on continuous assessment. The students' final grade will be determined by:

(a) their participation in class discussions (5%);
(b) weekly readings and work on small assignments (30%);
(c) a final project (65%), which includes a presentation component (10%) and a final paper (55%).

Detailed information on the assessment scheme can be found in the course syllabus (available on Moodle).

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

Some background knowledge on ethnography is welcome but not required.

Students will be assessed on the basis of their contribution to the course throughout the semester following the assessment scheme. Their active participation in the course is strongly encouraged. Attendance is mandatory (max. 3 absences).


Class discussions; readings; short weekly assignments; oral presentation; research paper.


A full reading list for the course can be found in the course syllabus.

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis


Letzte Änderung: Do 08.04.2021 08:48