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COM3081 : Digital Culture in a Networked World (Inactive)

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


1.       To extend students’ depth of knowledge and skills in interpretation of media and cultural theory in relation to new media technologies and the cultural practices associated with these technologies.
2.       To impart students’ with the critical analysis skills necessary to link media and cultural theory to specific contemporary examples of new media, thus enabling students’ to reflect on the current media environment in relation to politics and culture.
3.       To introduce students to cutting edge areas of interdisciplinary research across cultural geography and cultural theory in order to broaden their analytical capacity to create connections and associations between a range of research areas and topics in relation to new media.

The module will discuss the difficulties of defining new media and the importance of placing new media within a historical context. Through a range of cultural theorists and contemporary examples, the module will then show how new media technologies are shaping everyday life on a range of levels from changing uses of public space to new forms of interpersonal sociality. Drawing upon a range of interdisciplinary perspectives across mobility studies, software studies and cultural geography, students will be encouraged to see the broader importance of media theory for understanding and studying the contemporary world.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module is aimed at students who have knowledge of introductory debates within media studies and wish to understand and become familiar with cutting edge research in the field of new media. The module will encourage students to critically analyse the role that new media technologies play in the organisation of everyday life, through a range of political, economic, governmental and cultural processes and actors.

The two key questions the module seeks to answer are:

1.       What is new media?
2.       How do particular new media technologies shape the experience of everyday life for those that engage with them?

To do this, the module will discuss key issues surrounding definitions and histories of new media, as well as particular media technologies and their role in everyday life, such as WiFi and Cloud Technology, Social Networking and Mobile Gaming.

The module will cover the following main areas:

1.       Histories of New Media
2.       Remediation, software and the language of New Media
3.       Networks, Protocol and the Internet
4.       Social Networking and User Generated Content
5.       Music and Mobile Listening
6.       WiFi and Cloud Media
7.       Mobile Media: sociality and mobility
8.       Location and Context Aware Media
9.       Mobile Gaming
10.       Gamification and digital labour

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture122:0024:00Lecture
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion182:0082:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion182:0082:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching121:0012:00Seminar
Teaching Rationale And Relationship


Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Examination101M15Scheduled by School
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M251000 word reflexive analysis
Essay1A602000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The individual presentation requires students to choose a particular new media technology and analyse it in terms of either its cultural, economic or political impact on the world, drawing upon relevant ideas, theories and concepts from the literature.

The reflexive analysis requires students to write up their presentation in essay format and draw upon feedback from the presentation in their answer.

The essay is a 2000 word piece of assessment that asks a range of questions based on the entire module. The essay allows students to demonstrate critical and evaluative skills and stresses the importance of working to deadline.

Reading Lists