The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


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 digital 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.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

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.


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

Online Learning Activity: Participation in online discussion (30%)

Project: Podcast (30%)

Project: Project (40%)

Contact hours


Online Activity

Online 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks


Online 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks


Online 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks