Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


All aspects of contemporary culture are increasingly mediated by digital technologies. This course examines how digital communication affects everyday life, culture, institutions, communities and identity. The course introduces various scholarly frameworks, theories and perspectives on digital culture. In this course you are encouraged to analyse the complexities of digital culture and its social and cultural function. You will examine social media platforms, video-on-demand services and mobile apps; discuss critical issues such as ethics, politics and histories; and use case studies to connect theory and practice.

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2021

Learning outcomes

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

1. Identify the relationship between digital technologies and contemporary culture.

2. Examine key issues and debates emerging in contemporary digital culture research.

3. Articulate an argument about current digital cultures.

4. Use scholarly literature to analyse digital culture case studies.


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

  • Sharing economies
  • Identities and avatars.
  • Private thoughts, public spaces.
  • Participatory culture.
  • Imagining community.
  • Political action.
  • Mobile technologies.
  • On-demand and algorithmic culture.
  • Social gaming.
  • Virtual worlds.

Or other relevant contemporary topics.

Assumed knowledge

60 units at 1000 level.

Assessment items

Project: Podcast (30%)

Report: Research report (40%)

Project: Digital Project (30%)

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

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