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Computational Communication Research - Modultafeln of TU Ilmenau

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subject properties subject number 101882 - common information
subject number101882
departmentDepartment of Economic Sciences and Media
ID of group2559 (Kommunikationswissenschaft mit Schwerpunkt Computational Communication Science)
subject leaderProf. Dr. Emese Domahidi
languageenglisch
term Wintersemester
previous knowledge and experience

Familiarity with quantitative methods in communication research. R skills are a plus, however, not mandatory.

learning outcome<p><span style="text-align: left; color: #000000; text-transform: none; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; font-family: Verdana,sans-serif; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; word-spacing: 0px; float: none; display: inline !important; white-space: normal; orphans: 2; background-color: transparent; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;">In this course, we will have a close look at wellbeing and mental health in different online contexts. We will explore the phenomenon via computational methods, especially with automated text analyses. In the winter semester, students will review previous literature on wellbeing, mental health, and online communication. Moreover, in order to analyze the topic students will get acquainted with relevant computational approaches. On the basis of recommended readings participants will discuss findings, theoretical perspectives and applied methods. Students will work in small research groups and develop own research questions based on earlier literature. An introduction to R for Data Science is provided. In the second part (=summer semester) students will learn to use some computational methods in a research project. First students get an introduction in R for data management and analysis. Afterwards, students will analyze the data in small research groups (with help from the supervisor) in order to answer their research questions developed in the first part.</span></p>
content<p><strong>Computational Communication Research: Well-Being and Mental Health</strong></p><p><span style="text-align: left; color: #000000; text-transform: none; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; font-family: Verdana,sans-serif; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; word-spacing: 0px; float: none; display: inline !important; white-space: normal; orphans: 2; background-color: transparent; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;">In 1978, Richard Needle postulated that ”social, political, and economic systems must be considered as determinants of health [and wellbeing]. […] The basic institutions in our society, the values underlying these structures, their purposes and goals, and their prescribed roles and normative expectations are basic factors that must be understood […].” (p. 28). Half a century later, his call remains due to large-scale changes in culture, society, politics and particularly the media. Social networking sites, online support groups, and other forms of online communities provide a platform for users to discuss with other users on a variety of topics that were private a few years ago, particularly topics such as mental health and well-being. Before this kind of discourse became available, mental health and well-being could only be assessed through surveys, but the internet now offers new possibilities, which will be applied in this seminar.</span></p>
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literature / references<p><span style="text-align: left; color: #000000; text-transform: none; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; font-family: Verdana,sans-serif; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; word-spacing: 0px; float: none; display: inline !important; white-space: normal; orphans: 2; background-color: transparent; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;">Needle, R. H. (1978). The Importance of Wellbeing and the Future of Health Education. Health Education, 9(1), 28-30. </span></p>
evaluation of teaching

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WS 2017/18 (Seminar)

Details reference subject
subject nameComputational Communication Research
examination number2500404
credit points10
SWS6
on-campus program (h)67.5
self-study (h)232.5
Obligationobligatory
examalternative examination performance
details of the certificate

Students are required to conduct their own research, present the findings, and write a term paper based on their work during the two semesters (see more in the description below)

Signup details for alternative examinationsDie Anmeldung zur alternativen semesterbegleitenden Abschlussleistung erfolgt über das Prüfungsverwaltungssystem (thoska) außerhalb des zentralen Prüfungsanmeldezeitraumes. Die früheste Anmeldung ist generell ca. 2-3 Wochen nach Semesterbeginn möglich. Der späteste Zeitpunkt für die An- oder Abmeldung von dieser konkreten Abschlussleistung ist festgelegt auf den (falls keine Angabe, erscheint dies in Kürze):
maximum number of participants20
Details in major Master Medien- und Kommunikationswissenschaft/Media and Communication Science 2013
subject nameComputational Communication Research
examination number2500404
credit points10
on-campus program (h)67
self-study (h)233
Obligationobligatory elective
examalternative examination performance
details of the certificate

Students are required to conduct their own research, present the findings, and write a term paper based on their work during the two semesters (see more in the description below)

Signup details for alternative examinationsDie Anmeldung zur alternativen semesterbegleitenden Abschlussleistung erfolgt über das Prüfungsverwaltungssystem (thoska) außerhalb des zentralen Prüfungsanmeldezeitraumes. Die früheste Anmeldung ist generell ca. 2-3 Wochen nach Semesterbeginn möglich. Der späteste Zeitpunkt für die An- oder Abmeldung von dieser konkreten Abschlussleistung ist festgelegt auf den (falls keine Angabe, erscheint dies in Kürze):
maximum number of participants20