FS30240 Digital Media Cultures

Academic Year 2021/2022

We live in a global and digitally connected world. With state and private investments in digital infrastructures leading to increased access to the internet the world over, it seems hard to imagine a near future without a range of digital and mobile media infrastructures and platforms facilitating our social, cultural, political, and economic interactions and exchanges. However, our understanding of digital media and cultures remains limited to the Anglophone West even though more than 70% of Internet users live in the Global South including Asia (48.7%), Africa (10.9%), Latin America (10.5%), and the Middle East (3.9%).

This module will study the encounters between 'traditional' media industries like film and television and digital platforms in a global context. What do these changes mean for media availability, production, access, and distribution across the globe? How has streaming changed our interpretation of film and television? What does big data tell us about audience behaviours? How has streaming video culture changed our relationship with media around the world?

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Gain an understanding of the major contemporary digital media platforms, their distributions, and modes of reception.

Critically engage with the major debates in media and film studies on the turn to the digital.

Engage in-depth with a number of digital platforms and produce a nuanced analysis of their cultural impact.

Analyse contemporary media texts in relation to the ways in which they are accessed, received, and consumed digitally.

Understand media texts in relation to infrastructures, data, and internet regulations.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning






Approaches to Teaching and Learning:

This module will include lectures, class discussions, small group work, critical writing, and screenings.

Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Presentation: Small group presentation on the week's topic and screening Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded Yes


Assignment: Annotated Bibliography of 5-7 sources outlining key arguments, methods, and contributions. Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded Yes


Essay: 2000-2500 words. Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded Yes


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
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