Digital Culture

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Digital Culture

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Media Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    18 200-level MFCO or FIME points

  • 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

    The development of new modes of communication, representation and social practices in the digital context. The paper approaches digital culture from historical, social, theoretical and aesthetic perspectives.

    This course develops ideas and issues around digital culture, focusing on the social process of communication and how it is shaped by tools, institutions and practices.

    Course Structure
    This course will develop theoretical competencies and then deal with cases studied both within and outside the classroom.


    Assessment will involve writing up case studies and field notes and a major research essay.

    Learning Outcomes
    Sophisticated understanding of the social, cultural, institutional, economic and technological factors shaping digital communication and social engagement.

    Course readers will be made available online.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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