MA Political Science - Democracy and Elections (Research Route) / Course details
Year of entry: 2021
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Course unit details:
|Unit level||FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 2|
|Offered by||Social Statistics|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
Teaching and learning methods
|Written assignment (inc essay)||100%|
Background Reading and On-line Resources
Association of Internet Researchers Guidelines for Ethical Internet Research (2019) https://aoir.org/ethics/
Bryman, A. (2016) Social Research Methods. Oxford University Press
Burgess, J., Marwick, A., and Poell, T. (2019) The SAGE Handbook of Social Media. London: Sage
Cantijoch Cunill, M., Gibson, R. and Steven Ward, S. (2015) Analysing Social Media Data and Web Networks. London: Palgrave Macmillan
Elliot, M., Purdam, K. and Mackey, E. (2013) New Forms of Data for Social Research. Data Horizons. http://hummedia.manchester.ac.uk/institutes/cmist/archive-publications/reports/2013-05-Data_Horizons_Report.pdf
Gruzd, A., and Mai, P. (2020). Going viral: How a single tweet spawned a COVID-19 conspiracy theory on Twitter. Big Data & Society. https://doi.org/10.1177/2053951720938405
Halfpenny, P. and Proctor, R. (2015) Innovations in Digital Social Research Methods. London: Sage
Howard, P. N. (2020) Lie Machines: How to Save Democracy from Troll Armies, Deceitful Robots, Junk News Operations, and Political Operatives. Yale University Press.
Kozinets, R. (2020) Netnography. London: Sage.
Mellon, J. and Prosser, C. (2017) Twitter and Facebook are not representative of the general population: Political attitudes and demographics of British social media users. Research and Politics July-September, 1-9.
Neuhaus, Fabian and Webmoor, Timothy (2011) Agile Ethics for Massified Research and Visualization. Information, Communication and Society, 15 (1). pp. 43-65.
Sloan, L and Quan-Haase, A. (2018) The SAGE Handbook of Social Media Research Methods Hardcover. London: Sage.
Social Research Association Guidelines https://the-sra.org.uk/SRA/Ethics/SRA/Ethics/Ethics.aspx
The Economist (2010) The Data Deluge. The Economist, February 25th 2010
United Nations (2012) Big Data for Development: Opportunities and Challenges: A Global Pulse White Paper. http://www.unglobalpulse.org/BigDataforDevWhitePaper
Online - Resources
Sage Methods https://methods.sagepub.com
Oxford Internet Institute http://www.oii.ox.ac.uk
Big Data Debate British Academy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3EbOidlIo0&t=4s
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Practical classes & workshops||6|
|Independent study hours|
|Kingsley Purdam||Unit coordinator|
Deadline for submission of assignment: - Thursday 22nd April 2021
Friday 5 March
Friday 26 March
via remote cluster