Digital Methods for Social Science Workshop

Tuesday 24 May 2016, University of Leeds

Places are now available to be booked for a ‘Digital Methods for Social Science Workshop’ to be hosted by the Communication and Media pathway. Chris Birchall and Dr Heather Ford from the School of Media and Communication, University of Leeds will run this day-long workshop specifically aimed at PGRs in our pathway.

17627This short workshop will introduce participants to the study of social questions using digital methods tools, techniques and research principles to study the web and social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook. Grounded in a critical understanding of the strengths and limitations of digital methods, we will move through a series of research steps including data extraction and analysis in the context of a critical, reflexive framework. Although a single day is too short a time to engage deeply with these methods, the aim is to equip participants with the confidence to initiate further learning on their own after the event and to do so in critical, reflexive ways. In order to gain the most from this rapid tour, participants will be asked to prepare for the workshop by reading a few foundational papers and installing relevant software onto their laptops before the event. Students are required to bring their own laptops to work on during the workshop. Let us know if you have a problem with this and we will try to find alternatives.

Places are limited (30 available) and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Places are free to students in the pathway.

Please register for a place via mediaphd@leeds.ac.uk