What's included?

Theory and practice relating to current developments in digital media technologies

Do you have a theoretical and critical interest in current developments in digital media technologies? This 15-credit course not only offers theoretical insights, but also hands-on exploration of the capacities and constraints of digital media technologies. It is built upon the latest research into archives, algorithms, civic media and media literacy and is closely related to ongoing research projects at the department.

There are two modules: Archives and Algorithms, and Critical Media and Information Literacy. The first focuses on digital production, storage and data processing in online media contexts. Some of its core questions concern how content, users, and production are organised as digital media archives, clouds and big data and how this can be linked to collaborative production and participatory social media. Examples are taken from the commercial media sector and public bodies, as well the digital commons and alternative media. This module offers theoretical perspectives on archives and algorithms, as well as hands-on or analytical exercises. The second module discusses the media literacy traditions in relation to theories of media critique and media and citizenship. The focus is on NGO-based critical media literacy movements and alternative media, rather than formal school-based media education. Different perspectives on critical media and information literacy are provided through both theoretical reflection and practical exercises.

Course design

Teaching is built up around lectures, seminars and practical exercises, as well as project work that is conducted both individually and in groups. The course modules are examined through written exams, media production, oral presentations and participation in seminars.