After having completed this module, students will have gained thorough knowledge of key new media theories and they can describe analytical concepts in terms of their explicit and implicit theoretical assumptions. They will also be able to recognize how theoretical knowledge is both positioned in existing scientific debates and situated in a socio-cultural field, and how theoretical foundations create methodological implications. All this should enable them to formulate a relevant, coherent, and operationalisable theoretical framework for a research project within the field of new media studies, one that can be identified as typically Utrecht University-based.
This module will get students acquainted with the state-of-the-art controversies, insights and debates around the cluster of new media theories in the Humanities taught at Utrecht University. Such controversies may involve the tensions between issues of representation and/or processuality/functionality; technological determinism and the social construction of technology; and media as potential instruments of empowerment and oppression, but may also segue into other points of philosophical or epistemological debate. The module will delve into the various traditions of thought that underlie these new media theories, and help students to determine which theories are appropriate for their own research project that they will further develop in the Research Lab 2 module. The module will also, when relevant, draw connections to the academic research skills and methods taught concomitantly in the Research Lab 1 module.|
As a predominantly theoretical module, this course will incorporate mostly case studies and debates from the academic working field in its curriculum; present-day cultural and social media phenomena and issues will act as 'objects to think with'.
|Er moet voldaan zijn aan de cursus:|
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Voorkennis kan worden opgedaan met
|General knowledge of and insight in debates and practices in the field of media studies.|
Bronnen van zelfstudie
|Any BA course with a cultural, sociological, or philosophical focus on media and/or communication.|
|- Hartley, John. 2011. Communication, Cultural and Media Studies: The Key Concepts (4th ed.). London: Routledge.|
- Lister, Martin. et al. 2009. New Media: A Critical Introduction (2nd ed.). London: Routledge.
- Mills, Brett & David M. Barlow. 2012. Reading Media Theory: Thinkers, Approaches and Contexts (2nd ed.). London: Routledge.
AlgemeenClass meetings consist of team presentations, discussions about the course literature, plenary lectures, and individual/group work on assignments.
Voorbereiding bijeenkomstenStudents prepare by reading compulsory literature, by finding additional relevant literature independently, and by preparing and carrying out research for their individual assignment.
Bijdrage aan groepswerkStudents will collaborate in teams and prepare one team presentation, review each other's work, and give constructive feedback during class and outside of class.
BeoordelingStudents are assessed on their ability to: 1) gain thorough knowledge of key new media theories; 2) describe analytical concepts in terms of their explicit and implicit theoretical assumptions; 3) recognize how theoretical knowledge is both positioned in existing scientific debates and situated in a socio-cultural field; 4) recognize and argue how theoretical foundations create methodological implications; and 5) formulate a relevant, coherent, and operationalisable theoretical framework.
DeadlinesThe deadlines for the assignments are in block weeks 3, 7, and 8.