Area of Study
Broadcasting, Communication, Intercultural Communications, International Communications, Mass Communications, Media and Journalism, Media Studies, Radio/Television/Film, Telecommunications
Taught In English
58125 User Experience Design OR 58337 Engagement, Participation, Gamification OR 58332 Defining Cultures OR 58333 Introduction to Cultural ResearchThese requisites may not apply to students in certain courses.
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits5
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units7
Hours & Credits
OverviewDescriptionThis subject encourages students to examine communication and cultural practices within local and dispersed communities and to present their findings through the use of appropriate digital and mobile media and written text. The subject focuses on case studies of digital interventions in diverse contexts and invites students to research and learn about the social, historical, cultural and economic aspects of communities as physical and digital realities at the intersection of lived and mediated experiences.Subject objectivesa. Identify significant examples of digital and/or mediated communitiesb. Investigate cultural forms or communicational practices and present creative responses to their conclusions using appropriate digital technologiesc. describe and reflect on the understanding of digitally-mediated formations of community using theories discussed in the subjectContribution to the development of graduate attributesThis subject addresses the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes:1. Professional Readiness1.1 Graduates possess a well-developed awareness of professional practices and methods appropriate to digital communication across diverse technological platforms and contexts, especially social media contexts1.2 Graduates have well-developed skills in digital communication and production, critical analysis, ethical reflection, working collaboratively, and project management2. Critical and Creative Inquiry2.1 Graduates are reflexive critical thinkers who are intellectually curious, creative, and innovative problem solvers with the capacity to challenge dominant paradigms2.2 Graduates possess well-developed critical and creative inquiry skills that demonstrate information literacy3. International and Intercultural Engagement3.1 Graduates engage responsibly and respectfully within and across diverse social and cultural contexts6. Effective Communication6.1 Graduates possess well-developed skills and proficiencies to respond and communicate effectively and appropriately across different contextsTeaching and learning strategiesThis subject presents material through local and international digital case studies in a range of formats including still and moving images, audio, and written text. It deploys blended learning strategies. Tutorials will involve short presentations, discussions of readings and case studies. Tutorials will also focus on practical exercises and the development of suitable solutions to communicational problems and analytical challenges.These will be complemented by independent student readings and participation in online discussion.ContentIn Digital Communities students learn to analyze virtual and mediated sites in everyday life and to investigate the ways that digital technologies (including mobile phones, social media, GPS, audio and visual recording and distribution platforms) generate and transform their knowledge and experience of formations of community. The subject focuses on case studies of digital interventions in diverse contexts and invites students to research and learn about the social, historical, cultural and economic aspects of specific communities as physical and digital realities.Students experiment with a variety of appropriate digital technologies and social media, such as digital photography, video, locative media etc. and written text to engage ethically with communities and their cultural forms and practices, and to generate new understandings, representations and solutions to communicational challenges.AssessmentAssessment task 1: Identification of a digital community issueObjective(s):a and bWeight: 20%Length:800 wordsCriteria linkages:Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOsSignificance of digital community chosen 25 a 3.1Appropriateness of community-relevant issue 30 a 1.1Integration of case studies and readings to rationale 25 b 2.1Clarity of expression and accuracy of referencing 20 b 6.1SLOs: subject learning objectivesCILOs: course intended learning outcomesAssessment task 2: Project ProposalObjective(s):a, b and cWeight: 30%Length:1500 wordsCriteria linkages:Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOsFeasibility of the project plan to address the specified issue 35 a 1.1Appropriateness of methodologies to proposed outcomes 30 b 2.1Clarity of expression and accuracy of referencing 15 c 6.1Proposed outcomes will demonstrate development of capacity for critical inquiry, creative innovation and/or digital literacy 20 b 2.2SLOs: subject learning objectivesCILOs: course intended learning outcomesAssessment task 3: Project outcomesObjective(s):b and cWeight: 50%Length:2500 words total (including equivalence for any digital media components)Criteria linkages:Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOsApplication of methodologies described in project proposal 25 b 1.1Relevance of outcomes to specified digital community issue 25 b 3.1Integration of theories to reflection on the project?s significance 15 c 2.1Creative innovation in project outcomes 15 b 2.2Evidence of good project management practices 10 b 1.2Clarity of expression and accuracy of referencing 10 c 6.1SLOs: subject learning objectivesCILOs: course intended learning outcomes
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
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.