Digital Culture

Description

Wikis and blogs, podcasts, YouTube, Facebook and iEverything; increasingly our culture is mediated by information and communication technology. This course will examine the ways that the new technologies are affecting everyday life, culture, institutions, communities and identity. Grounded in cultural studies, the course will explore a variety of topics from several methodological approaches, using specific projects to connect theory and practice.

Availability

On-Line from Callaghan

  • Semester 1 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. Utilise a range of digital information and communication technologies;

2. Engage in contemporary debates on the implications of digital culture;

3. Identify and critically analyse key issues emerging from recent research into digital culture;

4. Apply appropriate research strategies to digital communication and culture.

Content

The course will focus on the use of digital and networked technologies in contemporary culture. Topics could include:

  • Remix Culture.
  • Gifting technologies.
  • Identities and avatars.
  • Private thoughts, public spaces.
  • Participatory culture.
  • Imagining community.
  • Collective action.
  • Mobile technologies.
  • Collaborative authorship.
  • Social gaming.
  • Virtual worlds.

Or other relevant contemporary topics.

Assumed Knowledge

60 units at 1000 level.

Assessment Items

Journal: Journal

Project: 2 projects

Contact Hours

Online Activity

Online 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Seminar

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Workshop

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term