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Introduction to Digital Culture

Overview

  • Credit value: 30 credits at Level 4
  • Convenors: Scott Rodgers, Robert Topinka
  • Assessment: a 750-word critical analysis (20%), 1250-word comparative analysis (30%) and 2000-word essay (50%)

Module description

This course introduces you to some of the most important themes and debates relating to digital culture today. Through an examination of pressing topics - such as the role of software algorithms in perpetuating cultural biases, the ways we increasingly curate who we are through online platforms, or the rise of social media influencers - we will ask just what is becoming of culture in a digitalising world. While the module will first and foremost be thematically focused, you will in the process also begin to build up a capacity to analyse digital culture through core academic techniques such as critical reading and essay composition.

Indicative module content

  • What is culture?
  • What is digital?
  • Interface
  • Algorithm
  • Data
  • Identity
  • Gaming
  • Sharing
  • Mobility
  • Participation