Digital Media and Society

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Digital Media and Society

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Communication, Media and Journalism, Media Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    18 200-level MFCO or FIME points

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Scotcat Credits

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

    Critical debates on digital media; exploring the history of the digital as a worldview, as a crucial moment in the development of contemporary capitalism, and as a rapidly evolving technology.
    Digital communication prevails today. Does this produce a new kind of world, or more of the same? This paper will introduce students to current debates, issues, and concepts in the critical study of the relationship between media, technology, and society. The paper will be orientated around critical theory approaches to this study.

    Course Structure
    -Firstly, the paper surveys key thinkers in the study of digital media
    -Secondly, it outlines key concepts and issues in relation to digital media
    -Thirdly, it focuses upon specific forms of digital media (ie social media)

    -Annotated bibliography 30%
    -Essay one 30%
    -Essay two 40%

    Learning Outcomes
    -Explain the digital as a worldview
    -Evaluate the social impact of digital media
    -Detail the critical issues surrounding specific digital media forms
    -Critically engage in debates on digital media and society

    Readings will be available from the library, online and on Blackboard.

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