CRITICAL MEDIA THEORY - 2017/8

Module code: DMA2001

Module provider

Music and Media

Module Leader

POULAKI M Dr (Music & Med)

Number of Credits

15

ECT Credits

7.5

Framework

FHEQ Level 5

JACs code

P300

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 117

Seminar Hours: 22

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Oral exam or presentation INDIVIDIAL PRESENTATION WITH READING RESPONSE 40
Coursework ESSAY 60

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

None

Module overview



This module is designed to offer the necessary theoretical and critical skills that students will need before endeavoring to engage with higher level assignments and to plan their dissertation, as well as introducing them to more complex readings of Digital Media Theory.  The module will situate critical perspectives and ideas within a more developed context of Digital Media Arts theory, and allow students to expand their academic knowledge within this context.


 

Module aims

Offer the necessary theoretical and critical skills for the analysis and practice of digital media arts

Provide students with an in-depth engagement with critical theories of media and mediation

Provide a set of conceptual tools through which students can develop their critical and creative practices.

Encourage students to critically reflect on their academic learning and apply it in more nuanced critical, theoretical and analytical directions.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Reflect in depth on critical, conceptual and theoretical accounts of media technologies, and assess their impact on society. C
Demonstrate understanding of how digital technologies, as well as the creative practices that use and transform them, are subject to social, political, cultural and psychological debates. KC
Approach digital media as well as relevant artistic practices in a theoretically informed and critical way. KC
Amalgamate their theoretical learning with prior knowledge and apply it to relevant examples and case studies KC
Articulate ideas and information comprehensibly in visual, oral and written forms PT
Present ideas and work to a variety of audiences. PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content



Indicative content includes:

·      introduction to critical theories of media beyond the Frankfurt School tradition

·      reading of texts by Guy Debord, Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, Donna Haraway, et al.

·      discussion of the politics of new media

·      issues of common property and copyright

·      the issue of interactivity and participation with regards to digital media

·      control and digital media 


 

Methods of Teaching / Learning



The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

·      Develop core academic skills such as critical and theoretical analysis, within a Digital Media Arts texts.

·      Allow students to appreciate the linkage between Digital Media Arts and the broader theoretical perspectives that inform this.

·      Prepare students more fully for work to take place at level 6, by enhancing their abilities to understand Digital Media Arts theories.

The learning and teaching methods include:
Lectures (2 hrs x 9 weeks), Seminars (2 hrs x 2 weeks), Formative assignments and presentations, Class discussion.

 

Assessment Strategy

Reading list

Reading list for CRITICAL MEDIA THEORY : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/dma2001

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Digital Media Arts BA (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.