SOCI8024 New media and digital culture: Course introduction

SOCI8024 New media and digital culture: Course introduction


This Master’s course is called New Media and Digital Culture. And in it, we’re going to be examining what new media is and how does it differ from previous forms of media. At the same time, we’ll also be exploring whether there could be such a thing as digital culture. And if so, what might it look like? What makes this course special is it’s truly global. To reflect the fact that new media forms have traveled all around the world, we’ll be looking at case studies from a number of different societies and cultures. One of the key questions we’ll be asking is whether new media technologies actually shape human behaviour and shape people in certain ways. Or equally, are people using social media and using other media formats, are they shaping that technology in particular ways. Some of the key things we’ll be looking at are the way morality, social norms and behaviours surround are influenced by media. And we’ll also be trying to understand that through critiquing and examining closely some of the key theories of new media. And all of that is going to be grounded in class research projects which will be quite ambitious, and we’ll examine media and how it works on the ground.

Author: Kennedi Daugherty

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