Methods in Studies of the Digital Society

  • Teaching


    Faculty Faculty of Humanities
    Domain Interdisciplinary
    Code UE-L26.00214
    Languages English
    Type of lesson Seminar
    Level Master
    Semester SP-2024

    Schedules and rooms

    Summary schedule Thursday 08:15 - 10:00, Hebdomadaire (Spring semester)


    • Jobin Anna
    • Jobin Anna

    This seminar will take place weekly in PER-21, room A420. It provides an introduction to a range of methodological skills required to successfully engage with the Digital Society.

    Week 1: Introduction to Methodology and Research
    Epistemology, Heuristics, Evidence, Validity, Research Strategy, Research Design etc.

    Week 2: Researching (within) a digital society
    Sociotechnicity, Mediation, Traces, Experimentation, Critique etc.

    Week 3: Methods I
    Surveys, Standardized Interviews, Open Interviews, Oral History, Archives etc.

    Week 4: Methods II
    Ethnography, Digital Ethnography, Digital Methods, Born-Digital Heritage etc.

    Week 5: Methods III
    Big Data Analysis, Social Network Analysis etc.

    Week 6: Research Ethics
    Bioethics, Experimentation, Traces, Internet Research Ethics etc.

    Week 7: Methods IV
    Case Studies, Comparative Inquiries, Mixed Methods etc.

    Week 8: Researching Digital Research
    Metaanalyses, Relevant Journals, Analyzing Papers etc.

    Week 9: Researching Digital Practices and Identities
    Expertise, Communities, Visibilities, Vulnerabilities etc.

    Week 10: Researching Digital Artifacts and Algorithms
    Affordances, Machine Bias, Software Studies etc.

    Week 11: Researching Digital Platforms and Infrastructures
    Political Economy, Governance, Gig Work, Maintenance etc.

    Week 12: Presentations
    Students present their individual projects, designing a research projet with a coherent methodology on a digital topic of their choice.

    Important note: The planning above is for information purposes only and may be subject to change. Please refer to the Moodle for the most recent version of the syllabus and for specific assignment details and due dates.

    Training objectives

    The course aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the methodologies available for researching and analyzing the digital society and a deeper understanding of the link between research question and methodology. The seminar emphasizes the importance of the sociotechnical aspects of digital society, including digital practices, identities, artifacts, platforms, and infrastructures. The students will apply their learned skills by designing and presenting a research project on a digital topic of their choice.

    Grading: Participation (20%), Assignments (20%), Final paper and presentation (60%)


    Location: PER 21, Room A420

    Softskills Yes
    Off field Yes
    BeNeFri Yes
    Mobility Yes
    UniPop No



    The reference list for this class is available on Moodle after the first week of class.

  • Dates and rooms
    Date Hour Type of lesson Place
    22.02.2024 08:15 - 10:00 Cours
    29.02.2024 08:15 - 10:00 Cours
    07.03.2024 08:15 - 10:00 Cours
    14.03.2024 08:15 - 10:00 Cours
    21.03.2024 08:15 - 10:00 Cours
    28.03.2024 08:15 - 10:00 Cours
    11.04.2024 08:15 - 10:00 Cours
    18.04.2024 08:15 - 10:00 Cours
    25.04.2024 08:15 - 10:00 Cours
    02.05.2024 08:15 - 10:00 Cours
    16.05.2024 08:15 - 10:00 Cours
    23.05.2024 08:15 - 10:00 Cours
  • Assessments methods

    Evaluation continue et examen écrit - Outside session

    Assessments methods By rating
  • Assignment
    Valid for the following curricula:
    Culture, Politics and Religion in Pluralist Societies 90 [MA]
    Version: SA18_MA_PA_bi_v02
    Options > Social and Cultural Dynamics > SOCIO 4 Interdisciplinaire
    Options > Political and Normative (Dis)order > ANTHRO 3 Interdisciplinaire

    Culture, Politics and Religion in Pluralist Societies 90 [MA]
    Version: SA18_MA_PA_bi_v01
    Option > Option Dynamiques sociales et culturelles > SOCIO 4 Interdisciplinaire
    Option > Option (Dés)ordres politiques et normatifs > ANTHRO 3 Interdisciplinaire

    Digital Society 30 [MA]
    Version: SA23_MA_P2_en_V01
    DSS 1 - Interdisciplinary perspectives on digital transformation of society

    English Language and Literature 120
    Version: SA15_BA_ang_V02
    Module Nine: Soft Skills