New Media and Everyday Life

Module code: MS2009

Module co-ordinator: Dr Bianca Reisdorf

Module Outline

Digital media have become an essential element of our everyday lives. In this module we will examine the shifts that new media technologies have brought about in our daily routines and offer insights into the ways we interact with new media.

We will identify the key concepts of new media and explore the development of the internet, while also looking at the issues of digital divides, internet regulation and micro- and macro-level effects.

A unique aspect of this module is a collaborative project with students taking a similar course at the University of Cincinnati, Ohio. You will be assigned a colleague at Cincinatti and the two of you will work together to explore a topic related to the module content, presenting your results online to students from both universities.

Topics covered

  • History of the internet
  • Network society
  • Cyber bullying
  • Gaming
  • Intersection of new media with privacy
  • Gender
  • Children
  • Health


  • 10 two-hour lectures
  • 10 one-hour seminars
  • group work with University of Cincinnati students using new media technologies


  • Prezi presentation of 10-15 slides, collaboration with student at University of Cincinnati (20%)
  • Article review, 1,000-1,500 words (30%)
  • Essay, 2,500-3,000 words (50%)