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Media, Digitalisation and the City (level 7)


  • Credit value: 30 credits at Level 7
  • ConvenorScott Rodgers (subject to change)
  • Assessment: 12 examples of urban media, each documented with images, video and/or sound, and critically analysed in 300 words (45%) and a 3500-word essay (45%)

Module description

This module explores the interconnections between media, digital culture and urban life. Beginning with a media tour of London's West End, you will be encouraged throughout the module to re-examine media through the city, and the city through media. City living compels us to use, desire and depend on a huge range of media content, devices and infrastructures. Meanwhile, media forms and digital technologies appear to us through everyday urban life, and are literally built into urban spaces: buildings, structures, walls, streetscapes and furniture, transport infrastructure, not to mention buried below ground.

The city provides a unique lens to critically study, understand and define media and the digital; and at the same time, media and digital culture are crucial lenses to understand cities around the world, including London. The module is explicitly designed to be a meeting point for students from different disciplines, as well as between final-year undergraduates and Master’s students (offered at both Levels 6 and 7), to explore these themes across the past, present and possible future.


  • Key concepts: space, place, publicness and creativity
  • Urban print cultures
  • Cinema, television and the (sub)urban
  • The urban soundtrack
  • Media architectures
  • Graffiti and urban street art  
  • The urban brandscape
  • The digitisation of location 
  • Platform urbanism
  • The sentient city