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Postgraduate Course: Media and Culture (Online Distance Learning) (DESI11185)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis is an introduction to the issues that surround the emergence of digital design today. Online lectures and discussions cover topics that enable students to discuss the impact of digital technology from its immediate practical application to the long term redefinition of the design professions. The development of a broad social and psychological 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 in the digital age will be studied, which will provide the basis for focused discussions about how digital design is developing or could develop. Sessions will therefore be devoted to the major concepts and theoretical approaches which have a bearing on the practice of digital design, canvassing issues such as technological determinism, utopianism, technoromanticism, concepts of language, typology, space and the body informed by digital technology. The course will also incorporate lectures on the practical social, legal and cultural ramifications of digital media: usability, intellectual property and the popular media.
Course description Classes will be delivered in conjunction with a cohort of students resident in Edinburgh. Lecture content will be delivered via online media. Seminars and tutorials will be delivered via live video links to classes as available, and via recordings of class meetings. Students will also have access to selected meetings amongst the distance cohort, and at times to be agreed.
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
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  30
Course Start Semester 1
Course Start Date 18/09/2023
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 11, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 11, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Revision Session Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 171 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 300-500 word abstract of a proposed video interview topic and interview questions to be submitted mid semester for feedback (20%); a recorded interview (30%); 3000-word case study and write up of the interview submitted at the end of semester (40%). There will also be a weekly online quiz on the course content (10%).
Feedback The abstract will be used a basis for the provision of mid-semester individual and group feedback. This will occur during one of the weekly 2 hour class sessions and should be taken into account during the final development of the recorded interview and write-up. As lecture content is delivered via video viewed before the class, formative feedback also will occur during class time throughout the semester. Note that class time here includes scheduled contact time for online students.
No Exam Information
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, 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
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
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.
Special Arrangements This course will be taught entirely by distance learning. Lectures will be available online (as streamed audio or video, possibly live, but also recorded). Handbooks, notes and other materials originated by the teaching team will be available online. Online discussions using various technologies will be facilitated. Assessment will be via written submissions, submitted electronically.
Keywordssocial media,design,digital media,technology,philosophy,critical theory
Course organiserDr Andrew Connor
Tel: (0131 6)50 2808
Course secretaryMiss Barbara Bianchi
Tel: (0131 6)51 5736
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