Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Links: Reading Materials and Module Guide

As discussed in class, here are the links to several of the texts we've already discussed:

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

Semester 2

Academic Year: 2008/2009

Module Leader: Dr. Jessica Laccetti

Lecture Location: IOCT Main Lab

Contact Details

Room: 0.80, Gateway House

Email: jlaccetti@dmu.ac.uk

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.

4 Assessment

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.

Assessment: Essay

Volume of Assessment: 3000 words

Weighting: 100%

% 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.

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