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Course module: MCMV17005
Urban Mobile Media: The Myth and Messiness of Connectivity
Course infoSchedule
Course codeMCMV17005
ECTS Credits5
Category / LevelM (M (Master))
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byFaculty of Humanities; Utrecht Graduate School of Humanities; Domein Media- en Cultuurwetenschappen AM;
Contact persondr. M.L. de Lange
dr. M.L. de Lange
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Teaching period
2  (15/11/2021 to 28/01/2022)
Teaching period in which the course begins
Time slotC: C (MON-afternoon, TUE-aftern,THU-morn)
Study mode
Enrolment periodfrom 31/05/2021 09:00 up to and including 27/06/2021 23:59
Course application processOsiris
Enrolling through OSIRISYes
Enrolment open to students taking subsidiary coursesNo
Post-registration openfrom 25/10/2021 09:00 up to and including 26/10/2021 23:59
Waiting listNo
Course placement process(Sub)school
Course goals
In this course you will learn to report on research results in both oral and written form, to position yourself academically and develop an original approach to question, analyze and reflect on mobile/social media in relation to city life. The aim of the course is to enhance your theoretical understanding of the main issues at stake in the emerging field of urban new media; identify dominant approaches in this field (academic, but also policy, industry and civic initiatives); develop an original angle for your individual essay assignment and matching line of argumentation; present your results in written and oral form according to academic standards; and acquire insight into the job market at the intersection of new media and urban culture.
Only open to students enrolled in the MA programme New Media & Digital Culture.

In a relatively short time span, our communication patterns and computing habits have been thoroughly ‘mobilized’. Mobile and social media have rapidly become part and parcel of urban life. They shape how we live, work, travel, spend leisure time, and meet. This has profound consequences for our sense of place, social relationships, how we interface with the city, and our sense of self. Moreover, digital media technologies today are part of the infrastructures, practices, and institutional arrangements on which urban life itself is based. So-called “smart cities” experiment with digital media, like sensors, data, the Internet of Things and digital dashboards, to help improve urban life. In this course we focus on this amalgamation of telecommunications devices, portable computational devices, 'smart technologies' and connected objects in urban settings. Students develop an in-depth understanding of the ways in which these urban mobile media shape city life. They become familiar with the main themes, concepts and approaches in this emergent multidisciplinary field of urban new media research, and adjacent fields of research.

Additional information
Career orientation:
The course will stimulate visiting relevant cultural events and train professional communicative skills during assignments.
Entry requirements
You must meet the following requirements
  • Enrolled for a degree programme of faculty Faculty of Humanities
  • Completed all course modules listed below
    • Mastercourses Humanities (200501100)
Prerequisite knowledge
Advanced knowledge of and insight in theories, methods, practices, and debates in the field of urban new media studies.
Prerequisite knowledge can be obtained through
Research Lab I, New Media Theories, Game Studies.
Private study materials
McQuire, Scott. 2016. Geomedia: Networked cities and the future of public space. Cambridge; Malden, MA: Polity Press.
Required materials
Yet to be specified
Course readings are available online, and are accessible through links in the course manual.
Instructional formats

General remarks
Class meetings consist of team presentations, discussions about the course literature, plenary lectures, and individual/group work on assignments.

Class session preparation
Students prepare by reading compulsory literature, by finding additional relevant literature independently, by weekly formulating at least two propositions for debate, and by preparing and carrying out research for their individual assignment.

Contribution to group work
Students will collaborate in teams and prepare one team presentation, review each other's work, and give constructive feedback during class and outside of class.

Test weight70
Minimum grade5.5

Test weight30
Minimum grade-

Students are graded on their ability to 1) gain specialized knowledge of and insight into mobile media studies, 2) independently identify, analyse, and criticize relevant research problems that relate to current debates in both media theory and media practice, and 3) present their findings to an audience composed of specialists as well as non-specialists in written and oral forms of academic expression.

Preliminary proposal individual assignment in week 3.

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