Comparative Mobile Studies
Comparative in nature, this course is designed to familiarize students with practices, principles and theories of mobile media and communication; ethics, policies and regulations for the mobile industry; interests, stakes and expectations of stakeholders. It also aims at equipping students with fundamental theories, approaches and skills to compare mobile studies in selected leading countries. After completing this course, students will have a better understanding of different orientations and operations of mobile media and communication in different countries. And they will also be able to conduct comparative mobile studies independently as mobile educators, practitioners, researchers or consultants.
After completing this course, students will be able to demonstrate: (a) knowledge of concepts, principles and theories of mobile media and communication; (b) an understanding of different ethics, policies and regulations for the mobile industry in selected different countries; (c) an understanding of different practices of mobile media and communication in selected different countries; (d) an understanding of different forms, functions and features of mobile media and communication; and (e) ability to compare mobile studies independently.
Students of this course will be able to: (a) critically review previous mobile studies, (b) use different methods, quantitative, qualitative or both to address research questions, (c) independently analyse and discuss findings, (d) theoretically support analysis and discussion, and (e) critically assess changes, challenges and chances in mobile media and communication.
Week 1 Comparing Mobile Studies: An Introduction
Week 2 Comparing Mobile Media and Uses
Week 3 Comparing Mobile Social and Interaction
Week 4 Comparing Mobile Content and Services
Week 5 Comparing Mobile Advertising and Marketing
Week 6 Comparing Mobile Industries and Economies
Week 7 Comparing Mobile Government and Participation
Week 8 Comparing Mobile Policies and Regulations
Week 9 Comparing Mobile Privacy and Security
Week 10 Comparing Mobile Studies: Recommendations
A research paper is the type of assessment for this advanced course. In seminars, students are expected to present their research topics, results of literature review, and research questions and/or hypotheses and methods to be employed before they submit their research papers at the end of Week 10.
Starting from Week 2, students are expected to brainstorm for research ideas and topics. By Week 3, they should be able to finalize their research topics under the supervision of their instructor. From Week 4 through Week 5, they are expected to finish their critical review of previous studies. During Week 6, they should finalize their research questions and/or hypotheses as well as methods to be employed. By Week 8, they should be able to submit their first draft for feedback. By Week 9, they will have to amend their drafts. At the end of Week 10, they submit their research papers.
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