New Communication Technologies

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    New Communication Technologies

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Communication, Telecommunications

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Course Description
    New communications technologies are a constant in our society but the speed of their arrival, their unexpected uses and their shifting relationship with content make them difficult to study. This course investigates the 'information age' and the invention, adaptation and uses of communications technologies. We move from media theory and the history of communications technologies through a range of philosophical, political and ethical issues to explore the practicalities of contemporary media production.

    Course Introduction
    Digital Economy, Internet Piracy, Cyber-bullying, Cyber-terrorism, Social Media Churn, National Broadcast Network, iPad Envy, WikiLeaks, Data is God: new communications technologies and the speed of their creation and obsolescence have social, economic and political consequences. This course seeks to study where new communication technology comes from, the normal and unexpected uses to which it is put, the practicalities and possibilities of screen-based research, production and publication and how technology will affect our future communications capability.

    Course Aims
    This course seeks to explore new communications technologies to understand where they come from and what we can do with them. We move from media theory and the history of communications technologies through the practicalities of contemporary media production to a range of philosophical, political and aesthetic issues. Tutorials allow students to further examine these issues while broadening their computer skills: learning how to get the most from information sources available to us, creating an online presence through weblogs and social networking platforms, and advancing skills in media production software. Students are invited to reflect on their own personal experience with communication technologies and how themes discussed in lectures may affect their own use of new media.

    Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:

    1. On completion of the course students should have the confidence to explore new computer programmes independently and to enhance their own digital presence by utilising new communication technologies. Content-based outcomes will also include performing detailed internet research, interacting in virtual spaces and developing computer production skills.
    2. Cognitive outcomes include developing the ability to appreciate the social, cultural and institutional constructions of new digital communication technologies and locating the conflicting forces driving and shaping the development of these technologies.
    3. Affective outcomes: attitudes and values are explored to appreciate ethical, social and cultural issues related to the growth of these technologies in both the private and the public domains.

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.

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.