New Media Practice in International Context

Module code: ML3013

Module co-ordinator: Dr Christian Morgner

Module Aims

The module focuses on structures and practices of new media in an international comparative framework. It will track the distinct structural modalities that characterise ‘new media’ and distinguish it from traditional media. The political economy of new media and the diverse positioning of users as producers and consumers will be dwelled upon. There will be a systematic examination of new media practice within social, cultural and political domains. In particular, the fields of individual and collective identity practices, social relations, consumption, and the performance of politics and citizenship will be explored. Case studies from diverse national contexts will be employed to track and explain similarities and variance. Frameworks for evaluating efficacy and ethicality of communication employing new media will be explored. Students will be encouraged to critically reflect on these issues in relation to their own new media practice.

Teaching and Learning Methods

  • Weekly lecture sessions
  • Follow-up seminars involving discussion of guided reading
  • Private study comprising guided reading and preparation associated with classes; student self-directed reading; preparation and production of assessed work
  • As well as selected reading, video, audio and other materials are used for illustration

Assessment Methods

  • 2 hour in-class test evaluating knowledge of and ability to apply the theoretical frameworks and conceptual tools necessary to the study of new media practice (30%)
  • Group presentation and leading of seminar discussion examining examples of new media practice, including students' own practice (30%) 
  • 2,500 word essay presenting a critical analysis of a new media case study (40%)

Set Texts

No set texts. Readings will be prescribed in line with the requirements of the lectures/seminars.

Recommended Background Reading and Additional Resources

New Media: A Critical Introduction (Lister 2009)
Understanding New Media (Siapera 2011)
The Digital Media Handbook (Dewdney & Ride 2006)