Digital Cultures 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. As students progress through the Digital Cultures major, they explore the interfaces between digital media technologies and cultural practices involving information, play, sociality, communication, work, knowledge, identities and power. They build a rich understanding of how new technologies are designed, circulated, regulated and consumed. Topics covered in the Digital Cultures major include digital histories and futures, the internet, social media, computer games, online identities, mobile media, virtual communities, algorithmic culture, theories of technology and culture, digital research, and media arts.
The Digital Cultures major places intelligent, interactive, mobile and networked technologies in context, taking both a critical and interdisciplinary 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. Graduates in Digital Cultures are skilled communicators and critical analysts of new technologies and the latest developments in digital media across Australian and global contexts. They are well positioned to develop careers as communicators, producers, strategists, innovators and leaders.
The Discipline of Media and Communications also offers the Open Learning Environment units OLES2107 Digital Influence Through Social Media and OLET2110 Telling True Stories, available from Table O Open Learning Environment (OLE) of the Interdisciplinary Studies handbook.
The Digital Cultures major and minor requirements are listed in the Digital Cultures unit of study table.
Requirements and units of study for advanced coursework can be found on the advanced coursework units of study page.
In the honours program, students enrol in two honours seminar units and submit a thesis of 18,000-20,000 words on an approved topic. Assessments will focus on research design, methodology and critical readings undertaken in first semester. Mid-year enrolment is not available. Part-time enrolment is available with permission from the honours coordinator and Associate Dean.
Students interested in pursuing honours are advised to contact the honours coordinator and a potential supervisor by October 1 of the year prior to the intended Honours year. This will allow for sufficient time for students to work on a research proposal to be approved dy the department by November 1 and meet University application deadlines.
Admission into Honours is via the Bachelor of Advanced Studies or Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and requires the completion of a major in Digital Cultures with an average of 70 percent or above and, where undertaking the Bachelor of Advanced Studies, completion of a second major.
Prior to commencing honours, you will need to ensure you have completed all other requirements of the Bachelor of Arts or other bachelor degree, including Open Learning Environment (OLE) units.
Requirements and units of study for honours can be found on the Digital Cultures honours units of study page.
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