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HISTORY AND THEORY OF NEW MEDIA (CUL-223544)

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Course Description:


In this course, students analyze the history and theory of new media, with an examination of its evolution within the contexts of emerging media environments, new media arts, Cyberstudies, media ecology, and media archaeology. Emphasis will be given to social, political, cultural, economic, and aesthetic dimensions of new media within various theoretical frameworks. Students will choose a primary path of inquiry in one of the following areas: digital democracy, media and learning, social networking, media and society, media ecology, media archaeology, the business of new media, virtual worlds and gaming, augmented reality, emerging technologies or mobile media. Course communications will take place in emergent media environments, including mobile media.

Each student will create a personal blog to reflect on the readings and provide further research, resources and analysis. Course activities also include discussions of the readings and research on the history, theory and practice of new media, with topics related to the student’s selected path of inquiry; research and exploration of web 2.0 and social media tools selected by the student, with a focus on cultural context, political economy, and social implications; and an advanced level culminating final project, with a formal research proposal and annotated bibliography.

Prerequisites: Advanced Level Standing. An advanced level course in digital arts, digital media, media studies, or the equivalent.


This online course is offered through the Center for Distance Learning. You can take this as an individual course or as part of an online degree program, with term starts in March, May, September, November and January. View current term offerings and all online courses. Click here to register for online courses.

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Liberal Study
Upper Level
Credits: 4
Term(s) Offered (Subject to Change) : Jan. May. Sep.

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