This course introduces students to a core set of research methodologies used in sociolinguistic research. Quantitative research collects and analyses numerical data, while qualitative research involves non-numerical data and attempts to resist the seductions of quantification. Students will acquire theoretical knowledge and hands-on experience in a number of quantitative and qualitative methods. These may include surveys, observations, discourse analysis, interviews, ethnography and multimodal analysis. Students will learn how to develop research projects (as a group), pose research questions, collect data and reflect on research ethics.
At the end of the course, students should have:
- sound knowledge of the complexities involved in applying a range of quantitative and qualitative research methods to the sociolinguistic study of language use
- an ability to develop research projects and analyze data taken from online and/or offline spaces in an appropriate, critical, curious and reflexive manner
- the competence to present and discuss findings of their own research
This course comprises of lectures, student-led group activities and workshops.
Attendance and Participation 10%
Student-led activities 20%
Presentation of final project 10%
Final project 60%
Suggested readings will be provided throughout the course. Students are expected to source additional readings related to their research topics.