The Language of New Media by Lev Manovich is on his own website here: http://www.manovich.net/LNM/Manovich.pdf
Barthes' "Death of the Author Essay" is here: http://evans-experientialism.freewebspace.com/barthes06.htm
Barthes' "An Introduction to the Structural Analysis of Narrative," is here in New Literary History, Vol. 6, No. 2, On Narrative and Narratives (Winter, 1975), pp. 237-272. You have access to the article with your Athens Account, http://www.jstor.org/stable/pdfplus/468419.pdf
Jorge Luis Castillo's “Pierre Menard and the School of the Skeptics,” Hispanic Review, Vol. 71, No. 3 (Summer, 2003), pp. 415-428 is available here: http://www.jstor.org/stable/pdfplus/3247249.pdf, again, use your Athens Account to access this via jstor.
A useful essay on Barthes is "Roland Barthes from 'The Death of the Author' to Camera Lucida: The Trajectory Made by Critical Theory" that can be found here: http://www.inter-disciplinary.net/ptb/flfc/flfc1/kuminova%20paper.pdf
The module guide will be uploaded soon but in the meantime here is some information for you.
****PLEASE NOTE: the coursework deadline is not confirmed!!!****
Module Code: IOCT 5003
Module Title: Digital Cultures
Academic Year: 2008/2009
Module Leader: Dr. Jessica Laccetti
Lecture Location: IOCT Main Lab
Room: 0.80, Gateway House
1 Module Description
This module gives an introduction to key ideas in critical and cultural theory that affect creative technologies and the creative industries. Areas covered include Modernism, Postmodernism, Structuralism, Poststructuralism, Semiotics, Linguistic Theory, Anthropology, Reader-Response, Post-Colonialism, Multimodality, Hypertext Theories, Transdisciplinarity, The Ethnography of Cyberspace and Feminism.
2 Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of the module the students will demonstrate;
Increased understanding of critical theory and cultural context.
Detailed knowledge of key ideas in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
Increased understanding of the role of ideas in shaping technologies.
Ability to articulate theoretical concepts.
Ability to make critical analysis of cultural artefacts.
Students may be assessed in any taught module on up to a maximum of two occasions, i.e. first attempt and reassessment. Please see section 4.2 for further information.
Assignments should be handed into the IOCT Office (Gateway House 0.80) by the date and time detailed below. Please remember to include a Receipt for Coursework form with your work – this will be your proof of submission.
Volume of Assessment: 3000 words
% Threshold: 40%
Due Date: (NOT YET CONFIRMED!): 01/05/09, (Week 16), 16:00
4.1 Criteria for Assessment
The assessment method allows the student to demonstrate his/her understanding of critical and cultural theory key to the creative technologies through an essay related to the areas listed in the module syllabus. The assessment relates to the learning outcomes by allowing the student to analyse and articulate theoretical concepts, demonstrating a detailed knowledge of key ideas in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries and an understanding of the role of ideas in shaping technologies.
The module operates to the generic University marking criteria which provide summative results and transcripts in the form of percentage marks.