Digital Subcultures and Communities Around the World

King's College London

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Digital Subcultures and Communities Around the World

  • Host University

    King's College London

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    Anthropology, Behavioral Science, Economics, Information Technologies, Media Studies, Sociology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • UK Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Module description: This module will explore the global phenomenon of subcultures and communities in the digital world. It will examine different forms of social groupings that are developing online, and the cultures that are specific to them, as well as at the online manifestations of offline subcultures and communities around the world. The module content will comprise phenomena like hacking, trolling, grieving, online gaming, and transformative/remix culture. Looking both at and beyond the English-speaking Anglo-American web, it will investigate the nature of the new forms of identity, belonging, and community that are constructed on internet chats, forums, and social networking sites. By drawing on literature across the fields of subcultural studies and of internet and new media studies, the module will unveil the specific languages, imageries, and styles through which digital subcultures express themselves and the interrelation to the varied political and cultural contexts of the offline world. Moreover it will assess the cultural and social significance of subcultures in different countries, addressing issues of cultural hegemony, individualism, narcissism, communitarianism, cooperation, libertarianism, which are of high relevance for understanding the value system of these social groupings

    Credit level: 5

    Teaching pattern: TBC

    Assessment: coursework

    2 x 2,000 word essays (50% each).

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