The module aims to provide a historical overview of the development of information and communication technologies (ICTs) together with a consideration of the promise and risks associated with this development. It will address the mediation of identities and social relations enabled by digital media and the interplay between digital technologies, capital, culture and people’s everyday life. Students will explore the different uses and experiences of digital media, ranging from identity construction and self-presentation online, to new forms of sociality, creativity, civic engagement and mobilisation. Issues such as virtual communities, youth culture and privacy will also be discussed and students will have the opportunity to reflect on the affordances and constraints of computer-mediated communication.
A Demonstrate an understanding of essential concepts, theories and debates regarding digital media and communication
B Critically evaluate the implications of digital media for social change
C Demonstrate the ability to apply concepts and theories to analysing and reflecting on recent developments of digital media
D Develop arguments by drawing on pertinent evidence and engaging with academic literature