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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 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $955.05
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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18 200-level MFCO or FIME points
Schedule C
Arts and Music
May not be credited together with FIME305 passed in 2006 or 2007.
Teaching staff

Convenor and lecturer: Dr Olivier Jutel

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)
  • Annotated bibliography 30%
  • Essay one 30%
  • Essay two 40%
Teaching Arrangements

This paper is taught via lectures and tutorials.

Readings will be available from the library, online and on Blackboard.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Critical thinking, Research, Self-motivation.
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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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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Monday 11:00-11:50 9-14, 16-22
Wednesday 11:00-11:50 9-14, 16-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T1 Tuesday 13:00-13:50 11-14, 16, 18-22
T2 Tuesday 15:00-15:50 11-14, 16, 18-22
T3 Tuesday 16:00-16:50 11-14, 16, 18-22