Digital Cultures, Digital Lives

  • Level 4
  • 10 credits

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Start date 19 April 2018
Duration 9 weekly meetings
Days and times Thursdays from 19:00 to 21:00
Tutor Dr Jonathan Cable
Course code MED17A5071A
Fee £225.00
Concessionary fee £180.00 (find out about eligibility and funding options)

This course explores the impact that digital technologies and the online world has on our lives and society.

The digital world has become central to our everyday activities. It has made the world smaller and more connected, while at the same time keeping us apart behind screens.

The course goal is to develop and enhance your awareness of a range of subjects relevant to digital technology and modern day culture. The issues which will be explored include notions of identity, privacy, social relationships, media and entertainment amongst others.

This course is for anyone with an interest in studying digital media and culture and the enthusiasm to take that interest further. This is part of the Our Media, Our World pathway, and will equip you with the knowledge, understanding and skills that will help you to study other courses in the pathway. This module also operates as a standalone course offering the opportunity to think about the role of digital technology in our everyday lives.

Learning and teaching

This course consists of nine units. Each unit comprises a 2-hour face-to-face session between 7pm and 9pm.

These sessions will include lectures, class discussions and debates, pair-work and group-work, source analysis activities and exercises to develop your academic skills. There will also be a strong emphasis on learning outside of the classroom, facilitated by the university's Virtual learning Environment, Learning Central.

Coursework and assessment

This course has two short assessments which together add up to 1500 words. The first assignment gets students to write a short pitch on a potential research project. The second part is undertaking said project to practice research and writing skills. Each piece of assessment will help you to develop and build upon your research, writing and study skills. There will be a lot of support available to help you with these assignments.

Reading suggestions

  • Dewdney, A and Ride, P (2006) The New Media Handbook. London: Routledge. Horsley, R and Gauntlett, D (2004) Web Studies. London: Arnold.
  • Miller, V (2011) Understanding Digital Culture. London: SAGE.
  • Siapera, E (2012) Understanding New Media. London: SAGE.
  • Thumim, Nancy (2012) Self-Representation and Digital Culture. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Library and computing facilities

As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University’s library and computing facilities. Find out more about using these facilities.


Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and dyslexia screening.