Faculty of Arts


COMMS 100

Communication, Technology and Culture


Description

Media and communication are big business, and digital media are especially consuming presences in our daily lives. But do they really shape our beliefs and behaviours, or are we mostly just entertained and distracted? Do we live in a more informed and transparent society thanks to the proliferation of digital media, or do we live in a "dumbed-down" and trivialised culture as a result? When our everyday lives are digitally recorded and saved, do we enjoy new forms of free expression, are we subjected to new forms of governance and control, or is it some combination of the two?

We will explore the past, present and future of media and communication. In particular, this course highlights the radical changes brought about by the development and diffusion of new media technologies. It explores the impact these changes have had upon media and communication industries, the content they produce and the audiences and users they serve.

The course is designed for anyone with an interest in media and communication, regardless of whether they have previously studied these subjects. Key concepts are introduced via case studies, placing special emphasis on a range of current controversies emerging in ways that make the media landscape — and this course — dynamic and exciting.

Assessment

Coursework + Exam

Availability 2019

Semester 1

Lecturer(s)

TBA

Reading/Texts

TBA

Recommended Reading

TBA

Points

COMMS 100: 15.0 points

Restrictions

FTVMS 100


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