FM, Research Design and Empirical Methods - Seminar B: Digital Communication and Media Culture: Analyzing the Uses of the Past in Media and Society

Course content

In this seminar, you will gain more advanced knowledge about methods and how to use them in an empirical research project.

We will work on methods in the context of the mediation of the past. Many of you probably come across the past in the media all the time, e.g., when we watch series imitating teen-mystery of the '80s, share memes from '90s popular culture, watch historical documentaries, or see politicians using Danish food tradition in their political communication to justify laws to make pork mandatory in canteens. The past is all around us, but what is it that lets us turn to the past and how does it connect to our mediatized everyday life? In our seminar, you will develop projects to investigate the role of the past in media, culture, politics, and society.

The seminar is complementary to the lecture “Research Design and Empirical Methods.” Our discussions will build on the lecture´s content and we will discuss follow-up questions. Yet, most importantly, you will prepare and conduct your own research project on the uses of the past in media with a case of your choice, which you will develop in groups throughout the seminar. In preparation, the seminar will deepen your knowledge of empirical research by us examining exemplary study designs and specific methods that you can then apply in your research. You will learn and deepen your knowledge on how to select methods that fit your research question best, how methods differ when it comes to qualitative, quantitative, and digital method approaches, and we will do exercises that will help you to put your knowledge into research practice.


Master in Film and Media Studies, 2019-curriculum

Learning outcome

At the examination, the student is able to demonstrate:


Knowledge and understanding of:

  • the application of qualitative and quantitative empirical research methods to answer a given research question.
  • the theoretical bases underpinning different qualitative and quantitative methods, their respective explanatory efficacy, and how they are embedded in different research traditions.
  • mixed-method strategies, including the use of digital IT tools, their complex interaction, and how they may be applied to different film and media research questions.


Skills to:

  • formulate a research question and develop a complex, theoretical research design that necessitates the application of several empirical methods.
  • use different tools to collect and analyse different types and amounts of data and reflect critically on the tools used and the results achieved.
  • present a research design and argue for the selected methods in both written and spoken forms.


Competencies to:

  • select and combine the right methodological and theoretical tools to address a research question.
  • assess the chosen strategy and the applicability and validity of the research in relation to specific functions and contexts.

plan, conduct and present the results of empirical research based on film and media theory and methodology.


Lectures, seminars, in-class participation, presentations, group work, home assignments. In the first half of the semester, the course covers the fundamental stages in research designs. Here, lecturers and seminars supplement each other. In the second half of the semester, the teaching is primarily done as seminars, where students work on their own research projects in groups.

The joint seminars rely on a textbook on research designs and empirical methods. The seminar tracks use academic texts within the particular field that the seminar focuses on. Teaching and readings are predominantly in English.

The course presupposes basic knowledge of qualitative and quantitative methods in film- and media research. If a student is not familiar with the methods beforehand, it is expected that the student acquires
knowledge of these methods on their own during the semester.

Required academic qualifications

Be aware that you need to sign up for Education in both the Lectures HFMK03501U(counts 0 ECTS) and Seminar B (counts 15 ECTS):

Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Peer feedback (Students give each other feedback)
Type of assessment
Exam registration requirements

Active class participation is defined as:

  • 2-3 approved oral or written exercises set by the seminar lecturer (10-15-minute presentation or 3-5 standard pages per submission).
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Exam period


Look here  Eksamensoversigt -”find tid og sted”. The list will be published at the start of the semester.




Look here  Eksamensoversigt - ”find tid og sted”.

Criteria for exam assessment

Master in Film and Media Studies, 2019-curriculum:



Exams are conducted in English.


  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 42
  • Preparation
  • 367,5
  • English
  • 409,5


Course number
Programme level
Full Degree Master

1 semester

Study Board of Communication
Contracting department
  • Department of Communication
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator
  • Manuel Menke   (12-7367747b6b7234736b74716b466e7b7334717b346a71)

Manuel Menke

Saved on the 02-05-2024

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