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2017/18 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

COMM5790M Identity, Culture and Technology

30 creditsClass Size: 60

Module manager: Tracey Mollett
Email: t.l.mollett@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2017/18

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

The intersection of media, new technology, and culture is central to how groups and individuals form identities as selves in consumer society, as participants in collective life, and as citizens in political life. Deepening one’s knowledge of theories about technology, media, and diversity leads to analytical techniques for examining experience.

Objectives

On completion of this module, students should be able to ...
The module has three aims:
- To deepen knowledge at the intersection of communication, identity, culture and technology;
- To examine that nexus in the formation of identity for groups and individuals;
- To develop analytical techniques for examining lived experience as selves in consumer society, as members of collectives, and as citizens in political life.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should be able to demonstrate broad knowledge of how to think about technology, media, and identity; a focused knowledge on one area of identity theory, practical knowledge of how to study lived experience; and intellectual commitments to their own standards and approaches to new media.


Syllabus

Topics include the philosophy of technology, culture and communication, and new media in society. Methods include social and narrative approaches to lived experience. Main theories include feminism and media, racial and ethnic identities, identity and social class, gender and sexuality, modern generations, and intercultural interaction. The final topic is new media ethics.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Seminar113.0033.00
Private study hours267.00
Total Contact hours33.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

Students prepare approximately 12 hours weekly for each seminar by doing assigned and elective reading and by completing exercises and activities provided. They divide the remaining private study time between writing the reflective essay (est. 45 hours) and writing the research essay (est. 90 hours).

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

The module leader holds regular office hours to meet students without appointment. Students may also make appointments to meet further with the module leader. Weekly activities and discussions in the seminar allow the module leader to observe student progress and offer feedback.

Methods of assessment


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Reflective log1 x 2,000 - 2,500 words essay30.00
Essay1 x 5,500 - 6,500 words70.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 15/05/2017

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