Digital Communities

UTS

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Digital Communities

  • Host University

    UTS

  • Location

    Sydney, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Broadcasting, Communication, Intercultural Communications, International Communications, Mass Communications, Media and Journalism, Media Studies, Radio/Television/Film, Telecommunications

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    58125 User Experience Design OR 58337 Engagement, Participation, Gamification OR 58332 Defining Cultures OR 58333 Introduction to Cultural Research

    These requisites may not apply to students in certain courses.

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

    8
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    5
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    7
  • Overview

    Description
    This 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 objectives
    a. Identify significant examples of digital and/or mediated communities
    b. Investigate cultural forms or communicational practices and present creative responses to their conclusions using appropriate digital technologies
    c. describe and reflect on the understanding of digitally-mediated formations of community using theories discussed in the subject
    Contribution to the development of graduate attributes
    This subject addresses the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes:
    1. Professional Readiness
    1.1 Graduates possess a well-developed awareness of professional practices and methods appropriate to digital communication across diverse technological platforms and contexts, especially social media contexts
    1.2 Graduates have well-developed skills in digital communication and production, critical analysis, ethical reflection, working collaboratively, and project management
    2. Critical and Creative Inquiry
    2.1 Graduates are reflexive critical thinkers who are intellectually curious, creative, and innovative problem solvers with the capacity to challenge dominant paradigms
    2.2 Graduates possess well-developed critical and creative inquiry skills that demonstrate information literacy
    3. International and Intercultural Engagement
    3.1 Graduates engage responsibly and respectfully within and across diverse social and cultural contexts
    6. Effective Communication
    6.1 Graduates possess well-developed skills and proficiencies to respond and communicate effectively and appropriately across different contexts
    Teaching and learning strategies
    This 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.
    Content
    In 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.
    Assessment
    Assessment task 1: Identification of a digital community issue
    Objective(s):
    a and b
    Weight: 20%
    Length:
    800 words
    Criteria linkages:
    Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
    Significance of digital community chosen 25 a 3.1
    Appropriateness of community-relevant issue 30 a 1.1
    Integration of case studies and readings to rationale 25 b 2.1
    Clarity of expression and accuracy of referencing 20 b 6.1
    SLOs: subject learning objectives
    CILOs: course intended learning outcomes
    Assessment task 2: Project Proposal
    Objective(s):
    a, b and c
    Weight: 30%
    Length:
    1500 words
    Criteria linkages:
    Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
    Feasibility of the project plan to address the specified issue 35 a 1.1
    Appropriateness of methodologies to proposed outcomes 30 b 2.1
    Clarity of expression and accuracy of referencing 15 c 6.1
    Proposed outcomes will demonstrate development of capacity for critical inquiry, creative innovation and/or digital literacy 20 b 2.2
    SLOs: subject learning objectives
    CILOs: course intended learning outcomes
    Assessment task 3: Project outcomes
    Objective(s):
    b and c
    Weight: 50%
    Length:
    2500 words total (including equivalence for any digital media components)
    Criteria linkages:
    Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
    Application of methodologies described in project proposal 25 b 1.1
    Relevance of outcomes to specified digital community issue 25 b 3.1
    Integration of theories to reflection on the project?s significance 15 c 2.1
    Creative innovation in project outcomes 15 b 2.2
    Evidence of good project management practices 10 b 1.2
    Clarity of expression and accuracy of referencing 10 c 6.1
    SLOs: subject learning objectives
    CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Course Disclaimer

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.