Week 1 – September 12, 2012
Introduction to 2P20
Rationale for the course:
Introduction of key theories
Research strategies: historical, textual (see also definition of “a text”), quantitative, ethnographic
[Note that both theories and methods emphasized in the course differ from those encountered in other
courses such as COMM 2F50, COMM/PCUL 2P15 or FILM 2P10.]
Why theories and methods?
Central questions in academic inquiry: What? So what? (and What if?), and their relationships to
theories and methods
What is an argument?