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MFCO242 Special Topic: Studying Selfies - Celebrity, Surveillance and Cyberspace

The 'selfie' as a site of critical study; selfies as cultural objects, and how researchers understand the selfie as a space for/act of communication.

This paper explores the idea of the 'selfie' as a popular cultural phenomena, as a digital process and as a space for communication and cultural expression. Through this paper you will learn to think critically about selfies as a discourse, as a cultural practice, as techno-socially enabled and as a rich space for communication and critique. You will also take many selfies!

Paper title Special Topic: Studying Selfies - Celebrity, Surveillance and Cyberspace
Paper code MFCO242
Subject Media, Film and Communication
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Summer School
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Prerequisite
18 points
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Contact
Department of Media, Film and Communication
Tel 03 479 3724
mfco@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Dr Owain Gwynne
Paper Structure
  1. Identity, interpellation and critiques of selfie culture
  2. Branding and celebrity
  3. Dataveillance, biometrics and facial recognition
  4. Sexuality, dating and gender
  5. Subalterns, criminals and others
  6. Space, place and 'appropriateness'
Assessments:
  • Weekly image production task 40%
  • Writing task (four out of six weeks) 40%
  • Discussion/seminar tasks 20%
Textbooks
No textbook, but there will be set course matertials
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Communication, Information literacy, Research.
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Learning Outcomes
At the completion of this paper students will
  • Be able to both communicate and critique popular self-produced visual messages
  • Understand the selfie as an international phenomenon that is subject to and reproduces cultural values and ideals
  • Show an understanding of the ethical implications of engaging with, sharing and studying personal images in social contexts
  • Be able to manage complex forms of information and structure and analyse these visual messages within a cultural, techno-social, political and economic context

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Timetable

Summer School

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Tuesday 10:00-11:50 2-5, 7

Seminar

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Thursday 10:00-11:50 2-7

Workshop

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Thursday 14:00-15:50 2-7