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COMM3790 Citizen Media

20 creditsClass Size: 26

Module manager: Todd Graham
Email: T.Graham@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module explores the changing nature of citizenship and its relationship to new media. The module begins by introducing and evaluating competing understandings of citizenship and citizen participation in public life. We will then examine a range of different contexts and practices of citizenship, from political elections to citizen journalism and activist networks, and the various forms of new media that may support them, from online forums and blogs to viral media and data mashups. As well as completing an academic essay, students will work on a research or practice-based project where they will design and/or evaluate a particular form of online citizen media.

Objectives

This module is designed to explore the changing nature of citizenship and its relationship to new media. The module begins by introducing and evaluating competing theories of citizenship. We will then examine a range of different expressions and practices of citizenship and the various forms of new media that may support them, from online forums and blogs to viral media and data mashups. As well as completing an academic essay, students will work on a research or practice-based project where they will design, develop, and/or evaluate a particular form of online citizen media.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
1. Compare and evaluate theories of citizenship
2. Reflect critically on the relationship between new media and citizenship
3. Analyse new media products in relation to theories and practices of citizenship
4. Design, develop and/or evaluate particular forms or applications of citizen media


Syllabus

The module will begin by introducing and evaluating different theories of citizenship. We then examine a range of different expressions and practices of citizenship today and the various forms of new media that may support them, including, for example, blogs, social networks, crowd-sourcing tools, and data mashups.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Lecture101.0010.00
Seminar101.0010.00
Tutorial20.330.40
Private study hours179.60
Total Contact hours20.40
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Preparation for weekly lectures and seminars, for tutorials, and for module assessments.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress will be monitored via tutorials and participation in seminars.

Methods of assessment


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1 x 2000 - 2,500 words40.00
ProjectCitizen Media Project research or practice based equivalent to 3,000-3,500 words60.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

To resit the essay select an alternative question from the module handbook. To resit the project a resubmission of the outlined task will be requested.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 13/11/2018 09:25:46

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