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SOCI8024

New media and digital culture

Offer semester
1st semester

Lecture time
Thursday 6.30pm – 10pm

Lecture venue
CPD-G.01

Course description

What is the relationship between new media forms and culture? What is new media, and how is it distinctive from previous media forms? Can we speak of a ‘digital culture’, and if so, what is this?

This course attempts to address these issues by adopting a truly global outlook, examining case studies from around the world. We also ask how Asian perspectives and methodologies might help to contribute to academic debates.

A broad range of existing theoretical standpoints for understanding new media on a global scale will be introduced. These perspectives will be critiqued and challenged through reference to existing case studies and on-going innovative research projects from different academics and practitioners.

You will be helped to ground the theories of new media and communication in everyday life by taking part in a combined class project, where the entire class will work together to examine the cultural uses of a specific new media form. Guest talks from a number of academics and practitioners will also help to complement the project.

Course learning outcomes

  • Describe key concepts and theories for examining new media and digital culture.
  • Cooperate in groups to plan, execute, analyse and disseminate the findings of a joint research project.
  • Explain varying utopian and dystopian prognosis regarding the potentials of new media and discuss their implications.
  • Apply different theoretical perspectives to analyse the impact of new media in different spheres of everyday life and society.
  • Critically assess the utility of theoretical concepts for understanding the impact of new media in areas such as government, industry and civil society.

Assessment

TasksWeighting
coursework100%

Required reading

Castells, M. (2000). The rise of the network society. Oxford; Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishers.

Livingstone, S. & Sefton-Green, J. (2016) The Class: Living and Learning in the Digital Age. New York: New York University Press

Maurer, B. (2015) How Would You Like to Pay?: How Technology Is Changing the Future of Money. Durham: Duke University Press.

Miller et al., (2016) How the world changed social media. London: UCL Press.

Recommended reading

Boellstorff, T. (2008). Coming of age in Second Life: an anthropologist explores the virtually human. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Botler, J. D., & Grusin, R. (Ed.). (1999). Remediation: Understanding new media. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.

Bruns, A. (2008). Blogs, wikipedia, second life, and beyond: From production to produsage. New York: Peter Lang.

Ching, C. C. & Foley, B. J. (Ed.). (2012). Constructing the self in a digital world. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press.

Fuery, K. (2008). New media: Culture and image. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Gere, C. (2002). Digital culture. London: Reaktion Books.

Green, L. (2010). The internet: An introduction to new media. London: A&C Black Publishers Ltd.

Harrison, D. H. (2012). Cyber warfare and the laws of war. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Horst, H. A. & Miller, D. (Eds.). (2012). Digital Anthropology. London: Berg.

Lievrouw, L. A., & Livingstone, S. (2002). Handbook of new media: Social shaping and consequences of ICTs. London: Routledge.

Lomborg, S. (Ed.) (2014). Social media, social genres: making sense of the ordinary. New York: Routledge.

Manovich, L. (2001). The language of new media. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.

Negroponte, N. (1996). Being digital. New York: Knopf.

Turkle, S. (1995). Life on the screen: Identity in the age of the internet. New York: Simon & Schuster.

Williams, R. (2003[1975]). Television: Technology and cultural form. London: Routledge.

Course co-ordinator and teachers

Student view

This course beautifully combined theoretical concepts and real-life experiences, allowing me a whole new understanding of new media and digital culture. No matter whether you are a ‘real’ or ‘virtual’ soul, you will find your place here!

– Dor, year2 MSocSc Media Culture & Creative Cities student