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Postgraduate Course: Media and Culture (ARCH11002)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis is an introduction to the intellectual and research context in which digital design and innovation takes place. The course provides an opportunity to immerse yourself in the dynamic and ever-changing, highly reflective world of digital media, and contribute with your own discoveries and insights. We encourage you to use text, videos and online social media to develop your thinking during the course.
Lecture sessions and discussion forums cover topics that will enable you to discuss the impact of digital technology ranging from its immediate practical application to the long term redefinition of the creative professions. The development of a broad cultural, social, psychological and philosophical understanding of the nature and role of information, metaphor and interaction will also form an important component of the course.
Key texts by thinkers who have contributed new ideas and generated fresh debate about living and working with digital media will be studied, which will provide the basis for focused discussions about how creative digital practice and research are developing or could develop. Sessions will therefore canvas issues such as creativity, the role of play, technoromanticism, concepts of truth, ethics,, space, the body, the interactions between the senses, and emerging ideas about crowd sourcing, citizen journalism and digital activism. The course will also incorporate material on the practical, social, and cultural ramifications of digital media, and integrate the concerns of visual and aural cultures.

Course description The course delivers a programme of one-hour weekly content mostly provided online with a supporting programme of weekly two-hour group and class discussions for which some preparation is required in the form of advanced reading and reflection using online media.
This course is available via attendance at the university and by distance. Weekly tasks will mainly involving reading, quizzes, and engaging in online discussions.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Contribute to critical theoretical and philosophical debates about digital media technologies, systems and devices
  2. Use digital social media in its various forms to present and respond to discussion and debate about digital media
  3. Write to a suitable standard, deploying the conventions of academic scholarship and research, including the appropriate use of evidence, sources and references
Reading List
Coyne , Richard. 2017. Network Nature: The Place of Nature in the Digital Age. London: Bloomsbury
Coyne, Richard, John Lee, and Denitsa Petrova. 2017. Re-visiting the flipped classroom in a design context. Journal of Learning Design, (10) 2, 1-13.
Coyne, Richard. 2010. The Tuning of Place: Sociable Spaces and Pervasive Digital Media. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press
Coyne, Richard. 2016. Mood and Mobility: Navigating the Emotional Spaces of Digital Social Networks. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press
Dourish, Paul, and Genevieve Bell. 2011. Divining a Digital Future: Mess and Mythology in Ubiquitous Computing. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press
Lee, Kai-Fu. 2018. AI Super-powers: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Morozov, Evgeny. 2011. The Net Delusion: How Not to Liberate the World. London: Allen Lane
Turkle, Sherry. 2011. Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each other. New York: Basic Books
Zuboff, Shoshana. 2019. The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power. London: Profile Books
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Curiosity to learn in an ever changing digital world. Courage to expand and fulfil your potential as a participant in the world of global digital media. Passion to engage with local and global concerns, including the political role of information technology.
Additional Class Delivery Information Students will need to view online materials before scheduled classes.
Keywordssocial media,design,digital media,technology,philosophy,critical theory
Course organiserProf Richard Coyne
Tel: (0131 6)50 2332
Course secretaryMrs Carrie Parker
Tel: (0131 6)50 2422
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