Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


CODE MCS1050

 
TITLE Internet Communications

 
LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course

 
ECTS CREDITS 4

 
DEPARTMENT Media and Communications

 
DESCRIPTION The Internet Communications study-unit introduces the human dimensions of the Internet: how people network, collaborate, and share information through Internet communications, media and design. Basic skills in maintaining and managing online communications for personal interactions, as well as gaining knowledge of the social and cultural contexts within which those interactions occur, are taught.

The approach is interdisciplinary, developing skills in digital media literacy, public communication and social network management. An introduction to the political, economic and social changes associated with the Internet is also given.

Study-Unit Aims:

- To provide students with the opportunity to delve deeper into the different areas available on the internet;
- To introduce students to the human dimensions of the Internet;
- To introduce the foundations of digital media literacy within the context of the emerging social web

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Think critically, creatively and reflectively so as to imagine, design, use and critique networked technologies of information and communication- Identify and distinguish between primary and secondary data sources;
- Be aware of Internet Studies and apply transdisciplinary thinking to the application and creation of ideas concerning networked technologies of information and communication;
- Recognise and value cultural difference and understand its significance in relation to network technologies and their use in society for communication and information.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Apply key concepts of Internet Studies and apply transdisciplinary thinking to the application and creation of ideas concerning networked technologies of information and communication- Formulate and clearly state a research question and/or hypothesis;
- Use the Internet and related networked technologies of information and communication with an understanding of the complex interaction of political, cultural, and economic forces that constitutes technology as social;
- Communicate and facilitate communication through a variety of media, for different purposes, and for different audiences.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Couldry, N. (2012). Media, Society, World: Social Theory and Digital Media. Cambridge: Polity.
- Mansell, R. (2012) Imagining the Internet: Communication, Innovation and Governance. Oxford University Press.
- Papacharissi, Z. A. (2010). A Private Sphere: Democracy in a Digital Age. Cambridge: Polity.

 
STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture

 
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM2 Yes 50%
Project SEM2 Yes 50%

 
LECTURER/S Alex Grech

 
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