Digital Culture

Senior Assist. Prof. Dr Alexandra Glavanakova
Lectures: 30
Seminars: 30
ECTS credits: 6
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This course will examine how new computer technologies, telecommunication networks, and digital arts are transforming everyday life, contemporary culture, institutions, groups and identity, dealing with issues about the production, consumption, regulation, representation of IT. It will also include reflection on the transformation of literacy, the role of the printed book and intellectual discourse itself. Grounded in the fields of cultural and literary studies, the course will focus on the critical analysis of the development of digital technologies and culture from a set of ideologies and activist practices such as media philosophy, postmodern theory, and net activism. Topics include: theories of the subject and reconstruction of human identity and the body in networked culture; community, group and subculture formation online (race, ethnicity, gender and technology); political organization and cultural resistance through digital media; digital technology and the law (intellectual property and privacy, hacker culture, file-sharing); ethics of surveillance and data security; simulation and virtuality; the representation of technology in popular media; the growth of digital entertainment industry; play and leisure in digital media. The principal educational aims are to develop and enhance participants’ awareness and understanding of a range of subjects relevant to digital culture and technology, including:
– the key information and communication technologies that shape contemporary society.
– key developments in contemporary cultural expression, specifically as these are driven, mediated or influenced by digital technologies.
– how digital technologies are shaping society more generally, e.g. social intercourse, social structures, government, international politics, education and law.
– current critical and theoretical debates around digital culture and the role of technology in the shaping of literacy, the reform in education, the nature of textuality and literature.
– the ethical, moral and philosophical issues that arise from the role and impact of technology in cultural and social life.
Assessment: Forum Participation, Project, Term paper
Language of Instruction: English