FS30240 Digital Media Cultures

Academic Year 2022/2023

Digital media cultures wield an enormous influence on 21st-century life. This module equips students with the theoretical means to evaluate the role of digital media within contemporary culture and understand its history. Students will engage with a variety of perspectives on digital media. They will look beyond pervasive discursive constructions of digital utopianism and critique the infrastructures and institutions that shape the use and creation of digital media content. The module will adopt a non-Eurocentric approach to addressing some critical debates in contemporary lives, including access and representation, inequalities, and transnational communities and diasporas. Students will engage with the main discussions around the role and impact of global media players, including the "big tech" companies, on digital economies and futures. Throughout, students will investigate and critically reflect on how class, race, place, and gender shape contemporary digital cultures.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

• Detail key historical events in the development of digital cultures

• Understand the relationships between technology, digital media and society

• Comprehend the environmental impact of digital media infrastructures

• Assess the impact of social media proliferation on both civic cultures and

constructions of selfhood

• Engage with contemporary debates regarding inequalities that persist across digital


• Reflect upon personal engagement and usage of digital media considering scholarly

debate on the topic

• Write an essay that critically engages with contemporary digital media

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
Essay: Final Essay. Students choose one from a selection of given essay topics. 2000-2500 words approx. Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Essay: Students will answer 3 short questions. Overall 1500 words approx. Week 7 n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

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Name Role
Dr Diretnan Dikwal-Bot Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Thurs 16:00 - 16:50