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MFCO315 Digital Media and Society

Critical debates on digital media; exploring the history of the digital as a worldview, as a crucial moment in the development of contemporary capitalism, and as a rapidly evolving technology.

Digital communication prevails today. Does this produce a new kind of world or more of the same? This paper will introduce students to current debates, issues and concepts in the critical study of the relationship between media, technology and society. The paper will be oriented around critical theory approaches to this study.

Paper title Digital Media and Society
Paper code MFCO315
Subject Media, Film and Communication
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $851.85
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,585.00

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Prerequisite
18 200-level MFCO or FIME points
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Notes
May not be credited together with FIME 305 passed in 2006 or 2007.
Contact
mfco@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Convenor and Lecturer: Dr Brett Nicholls
Paper Structure
  • Firstly, the paper surveys key thinkers in the study of digital media
  • Secondly, it outlines key concepts and issues in relation to digital media
  • Thirdly, it focuses upon specific forms of digital media (ie social media)
Assessment:
  • Annotated bibliography 30%
  • Essay one 30%
  • Essay two 40%
Teaching Arrangements
Lectures and tutorials
Textbooks
Readings will be available from the library, online and on Blackboard.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Critical thinking, Research, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to
  • Explain the digital as a worldview
  • Evaluate the social impact of digital media
  • Detail the critical issues surrounding specific digital media forms
  • Critically engage in debates on digital media and society

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Timetable

Second Semester

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

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Monday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36, 38-41
Wednesday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T1 Monday 13:00-13:50 30-34, 36-40
T2 Monday 16:00-16:50 30-34, 36-40
T3 Tuesday 10:00-10:50 30-34, 36-40

Critical debates on digital media; exploring the history of the digital as a worldview, as a crucial moment in the development of contemporary capitalism, and as a rapidly evolving technology.

Digital communication prevails today. Does this produce a new kind of world or more of the same? This paper will introduce students to current debates, issues and concepts in the critical study of the relationship between media, technology and society. The paper will be oriented around critical theory approaches to this study.

Paper title Digital Media and Society
Paper code MFCO315
Subject Media, Film and Communication
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2018
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2018 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
18 200-level MFCO or FIME points
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Notes
May not be credited together with FIME 305 passed in 2006 or 2007.
Contact
mfco@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
To be advised when next offered.
Paper Structure
  • Firstly, the paper surveys key thinkers in the study of digital media
  • Secondly, it outlines key concepts and issues in relation to digital media
  • Thirdly, it focuses upon specific forms of digital media (ie social media)
Assessment:
  • Annotated bibliography 30%
  • Essay one 30%
  • Essay two 40%
Teaching Arrangements
Lectures and tutorials.
Textbooks
Readings will be available from the library, online and on Blackboard.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Critical thinking, Research, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to
  • Explain the digital as a worldview
  • Evaluate the social impact of digital media
  • Detail the critical issues surrounding specific digital media forms
  • Critically engage in debates on digital media and society

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Timetable

Not offered in 2018

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