Digital Texts, Digital Publication

King's College London

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Digital Texts, Digital Publication

  • Host University

    King's College London

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    Mass Communications, Media and Journalism, Media Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • UK Credits

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

    Module description: Texts, in their many forms and manifestations, are at the base of the transmission of ideas and culture in general. In a digital environment they have acquired an even more predominant position as digital communication on the web and on mobile phones is, this module will argue, primarily written form. However, the type of texts that are produced, exchanged and read in a digital environment not only are different from their analogic counterpart, but they also are changing our understanding and the way we shape our ideas and access information.
    The module is divided in two parts: this first half aims at introducing different form s of digital texts as well as assessing the methods of their production; the second half will concentrate on the consumptions of digital texts analysing readers, readings and reading devices.
    Part One
    Digital texts takes different forms, such as, for instance, blogs, websites, Wikipedia articles, news reports, Twitter and Facebook messages, emails, digital novels, mobile phones? texts: the module will provide the students with an understanding of the rhetorical and communicative strategies behind each f these format, in order to assess the effectiveness and the impact of different forms of communication. In particular, the module will focus on the difference between textuality, cybertextuality and hypertextuality, the origin of hypertexts and their evolution in the passage from the analogue to the digital format. The role of text encoding and markup languages in text theories will also be covered, as well as concepts such as datafication of textual streams.
    Part Two
    The second part of the module will be devoted to the reading of digital texts. Different type of reading will be presented and discussed such as close and distant reading, scanning and skimming, and each format will be analysed in relationship with different types of textuality.
    Different digital environments and technologies will be also examined; we will focus in particular on smart phones and tablets, assessing e-Ink and touchscreen technologies. Students will be asked to independently assess the appropriateness of different textualities to different devices.

    Credit level: 5

    Teaching pattern: TBC

    Assessment: coursework

    1 x 2000 word essay (50%)
    1 x 2000 word essay (50%)

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Some courses may require additional fees.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.