Universität Wien FIND

230140 FPR FPR Research Practice 1: Images in material environments (2020W)

6.00 ECTS (3.00 SWS), SPL 23 - Soziologie
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 30 participants
Language: German


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Update 17.12.2020 (Covid 19): Umstellung auf digitale Lehre bis zum Semesterende

Update 3.11.2020: bis auf weiteres Umstellung auf digitale Lehre

Saturday 03.10. 09:00 - 17:00 Inst. f. Soziologie, Seminarraum 1, Rooseveltplatz 2, 1.Stock
Inst. f. Soziologie, Seminarraum 3, Rooseveltplatz 2, 1.Stock
Monday 12.10. 15:00 - 18:00 Digital
Friday 23.10. 14:00 - 18:00 Digital
Monday 09.11. 15:00 - 18:00 Digital
Monday 16.11. 15:00 - 18:00 Digital
Monday 23.11. 15:00 - 18:00 Digital
Saturday 28.11. 10:00 - 18:00 Digital
Monday 07.12. 15:00 - 18:00 Digital
Monday 14.12. 15:00 - 18:00 Digital
Wednesday 20.01. 15:00 - 19:00 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

The research practice "Images in material environments" is dedicated to the understanding of nature and society and their connections in everyday social contexts and practices.
The research focuses on everyday contexts, contradictions and conflicting goals in the environmentally relevant actions of individuals and their anchoring in the collective. Representations in images of (consumer) society are of particular importance:
Advertising media and advertising images as representatives of economic embedding are confronted with individual values in everyday environmental behaviour. We take up environmentally specific questions concerning sustainable mobility and climate change, (plastic-free) nutrition / ecological footprint, lifestyle and environmental movements and embed these questions into research practice using visual and qualitative survey methods. We work on environmental sociological questions using methods of visual sociology such as photo survey, segment analysis, figurative hermeneutics or film and video analysis. After the research design has been conceived, the topic has been defined and a research question has been developed, the focus is on data collection and the creation of a corpus of images as well as the analysis, interpretation and evaluation of the visual and text-based data.

Assessment and permitted materials

Immanent control of achievements via reviews and reports. Seminal work at the end of the semester.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The acquirement of competences related to the evaluation of real projects, is the main goal of this course. By establishing appropriate tools, students will support the project. Relevant questions for an empirical study will be elaborated in teamwork, in doing so a research work has to be generated in small groups.

Examination topics

Methodological, methodological and thematic input of the course leaders, teamwork, presentations, field work

Reading list

Beck, Ulrich (1986), Risikogesellschaft. Auf dem Weg in eine andere Moderne. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp
Becker, Howard S. (1986) Do Photographs Tell the Truth?, in: ders. (ed.) Doing Things Together, Evanston: Northwestern University Pres, p. 273-292
Burns, Tom R. (2016): Sustainable development: Agents, systems and the environment. Current Sociology Review. Vol. 64(6) 875–906. London: Sage
Groß, Matthias (2011): Handbuch Umweltsoziologie. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften
Kraemer, Klaus (2008): Die soziale Konstitution der Umwelt. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften
Manolas, Evangelos, Hockey, John & Littledyke, Michael (2013). A Natural History of an Environmentalist: Identifying Influences on Pro-sustainability Behavior Through Biography and Autoethnography [33 paragraphs]. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 14(1), Art. 15, http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs1301151.
Mitchell, W.J.T. (2008): Bildtheorie. Hrsg. und mit einem Nachwort von Gustav Frank. Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp
Przyborski, Aglaja / Wohlrab Saab, Monika (2014) Qualitative Sozialforschung, Oldenbourg

Association in the course directory

in 505: Ba A3 Forschungspraktikum 1

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