New Media and Everyday Life

Module code: MS2009
Module co-ordinator: Dr Galina Miazhevich

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


  • 22 hours of lectures
  • 11 hours of seminars
  • 6 hours of practicals/workshops
  • 1 hour of tutorials
  • 160 hours of guided independent study


  • Prezi presentation of 15 slides, oral presentation (25%)
  • Article review, 1,000 words (25%)
  • Essay, 2,000 words (50%)