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Subject details

  • Topics
    • Introduction
    • Communication and technology
    • Computer history
    • Converging technologies
    • Academic writing skills
    • Evolving communication
    • Cyberspace, Science Fiction and Cyberpunk
    • Social media
    • Production and consumption
    • Memes
    • Life in the Techno-Sphere
    • Free culture
    • Dialectics and divides
    • CyberPolitics and e-democracy
    • Digital literacies
    • Ethics and responsibility
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Online assignment submission
    • Online Materials
      • Resources and Links
      • Online Assessment
      • Printable format materials
      • Audio-Video streaming

At the completion of this subject you will be able to:

  1. perform detailed internet research and interact in virtual spaces
  2. appreciate the social, cultural and institutional constructions of new communication technologies and locate the conflicting forces driving and shaping the development of these technologies
  3. appreciate ethical, social and cultural issues relating to the growth of new communication technologies in public and private domains
  4. analyse and evaluate technological advancements
  5. analyse and evaluate the positive and negative outcomes of technology on society and democracy.
  • Assignment 1 - Online Discussion (30%)
  • Assignment 2 - Essay 1 (30%)
  • Assignment 3 - Essay 2 (40%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

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Explore the inception, application and impact of new communication technologies and develop a critical awareness of the theoretical debates around new technologies for communication. You study computer and internet history, the Screen Age, multimedia, emerging technologies, the Second Media Age, the recreation of democracy, nomads and stories and technological futures.

By the end of the subject, you will have a critical understanding of the organisation, function and implications of new communication technologies, be able to assess current issues and controversies surrounding new communication technologies and identify and analyse trends in new communication technologies research.

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