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In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely for students commencing their studies in Semester 1, 2021.

This course component will be available to study remotely for students commencing in Semester 1, 2021. Please note that some units of study that are not essential to completing the course component may not be available to be studied remotely.

Note: The University intends to offer as many units of study as possible in a remote as well as face-to-face learning method of delivery in Semester 1, 2021 and subject to ongoing border closures and public health orders impacting attendance on campus, in Semester 2, 2021. However, some units of study and courses require students to study in-person at the relevant University of Sydney campus/es and host locations for placements and will not be available remotely.

About this major

The Digital Cultures major critically investigates the internet, new media, and digital technologies and the roles they play in contemporary society, culture, business, politics, the arts and everyday life. You will explore the interface between emerging new media technologies and cultural practices involving information, communication, knowledge, identities and power and build a rich understanding of how new technologies are generated, circulated and consumed.

Topics covered in the Digital Cultures major include the web; social media; online identities; mobile media; social networks; computer games; virtual communities; theories of technology and culture; digital research; and media arts.

This major places intelligent, interactive, mobile and networked technologies in context, taking a critical approach that draws on sociology, history, philosophy, media studies, cultural studies and new media studies to understand the dramatic changes emerging as digital media proliferate. Our teaching combines face-to-face coursework with online exercises and practical work in computer labs.

As a graduate you will be a skilled communicator and critical analyst of new technologies and the latest developments in digital media across Australian and global contexts. The knowledge and skills you acquire in this major will position you to play key roles as a social commentator, innovator and leader.

For more information on the program structure and content including unit of study information, please refer to the Arts and Social Sciences Handbook.

This major is offered by the Department of Media and Communications.

Graduate opportunities

Our graduates enter a wide range of careers. Examples include:

  • Business and government consultant
  • Communication specialist
  • Game designer
  • Journalist or tech writer
  • Market researcher
  • Policy adviser
  • Programmer
  • Publisher
  • Social researcher
  • Software specialist
  • Technology consultant
  • Writer
Courses that offer this major

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Units of study in this major

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The course information on this website applies only to future students. Current students should refer to faculty handbooks for current or past course information.

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