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COM520 Cultural Performance Research (16)

Abstract

The subject examines the main research methods used in cultural event design and site specific performance. It critically examines and applies these methods in the students own practice. The underlying theoretical positions of research method and design are also examined and a series of potential reserach topics and models are proposed and critiqued.

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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Communication and Creative Industries

Enrolment restrictions

Master of Arts (Communication - Cultural Performance)

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
- understand the application of the major research methods and designs used in cultural event design and site specific performance
- commission research for organisational and community events in a variety of contexts
- have a thorough knowledge of the strengths and weaknesses of major research methods
- critique existing research practices by cultural event organisers and site specific performers.

Syllabus

The subject will cover the following topics:
- qualitative methodologies and research design: data gathering types including interviewing, focus groups, and observation - decision-making in qualitative research designs - issues of evidence and data analysis in qualitative research: methods of analysis, including computer-assisted techniques. Secondary research. - commissioning research and writing reports on qualitative data. - critique of qualitative research - foundations of quantitative research: sampling theory, research questions, measurement, reliability and validity. - decision-making in qualitative research design. - data analysis techniques in qualitative research, including computer-assisted techniques. Secondary research. - commissioning research and writing reports on quantitative research. - critique of quantitative research - convergence techniques: qualitative barriers to quantitative research design; foundational issues; sampling and generalisability.

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 18 October 2017. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.