SOAS University of London

Centre for Media Studies, School of Arts

Theoretical Issues in Global Digital Cultures

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Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

  • Critically engage with existing literatures on the digital environment and assess their adequacy and utility for understanding developments in the global south
  • Analyse the social, economic, political and cultural impacts of new communication technologies and their attendant digital
  • Research digital developments in a country of the global South
    Prepare basic presentations in a multimedia format and participate in a range of social media/blogging activities

Scope and syllabus

The internet and its related digitally-based technologies are transformational. Changes are in process, affecting almost all domains of our lives and institutions: economic, political and cultural. More and more cultural content, political activity, financial transactions and personal communication happens through a range of communications technologies linked to the internet.
Many of the areas of greatest creativity and activity are in the global South, where new populations are gaining access, new technologies are being developed and new practices around smart phone use are being explored. The digital environment is altering our modes of warfare, deterritorializing our politics, shaping our ways of communicating interpersonally and of being creative.
This course provides a grounding in the history of digitalization and the growth of the Internet and the range of theoretical approaches developing to explore these new global phenomena.  Through case studies of selected issues in different parts of the world, the course moves from a Euro-American perspective on new media to embrace the innovation and the struggles evident in many parts of the global South.

Method of assessment

2x 3,000 word assignment (20%), weekly reading response x 2 (40%), class presentation (10%), seminar presentation (10%) Digital project (20%)


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