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400010 SE Qualitative Approaches to the Analysis of Text and Visuals (2021S)

SE Methods for Doctoral Candidates

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. 15 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Friday 05.03. 13:00 - 17:30 Digital
Friday 19.03. 13:00 - 17:30 Digital
Friday 23.04. 13:00 - 17:30 Digital
Friday 30.04. 13:00 - 17:30 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

The course will be organized in digital form via the video conferencing tool Collaborate.

The course aims at PhD students who are (at least partly) applying qualitative methodological approaches to the collection and the analysis of both textual and visual material within the scope of their dissertation project.

The interdisciplinary perspective of the course - drawing from political science, sociology, linguistics, cultural studies and visual studies - combines methods of data collection, analysis and interpretation such as
- qualitative content analysis,
- frame analysis of texts,
- critical discourse analysis,
- visual analysis including political iconography, visual content analysis, image type analysis, visual context analysis, and visual framing),
- multimodal approaches to the analysis of Social Media.

The course attempts to provide tailored support in order to consolidate/advance the methodological design of the individual PhD projects.
Hence, the course focuses on PhD students' concrete project-related interests and needs.

Participants are encouraged to briefly present their PhD project (7-10min max.) and indicate their methods related interest during the first meeting.

The following meetings will be planned according to the information gathered during these presentations. Individual interests will be matched and relevant reading for the particular seminar units will be indicated on Moodle.

Moreover, individual consultations (45min per student) with the lecturer intend to discuss the methodological part of the thesis in more detail and provide additional advice. Appointments will be arranged on individual basis.

Assessment and permitted materials

- Presentations
- Individual consultations
- Contributions to in class group work
- Contributions to plenary discussions
- Seminar paper

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

- Active participation (presentations, individual consultations, group work, plenary discussions): 40 P
- Seminar paper (focused on the methodological design of the PhD project): 60 P

Examination topics

Does not apply to this course type..

Reading list

Mandatory literature will be online by the beginning of the semester.

Association in the course directory

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