Module Details

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Title Understanding Media Change A
Code COMM756
Coordinator Professor MC Henning
Communication and Media
Michelle.Henning@liverpool.ac.uk
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2021-22 Level 7 FHEQ First Semester 30

Aims

1. To familiarise students with philosophical and theoretical approaches that will have relevance beyond the module.
2. To enable students to critically interrogate claims made about ‘new’ and outmoded media forms and platforms, and to distinguish moments of key cultural, social and technical change.
3. To equip students with critical understanding of media, particularly in relation to technology and technological progress.
4. To expand students’ historical awareness and introduce them to a range of sources and archives through which they can learn about past media forms.


Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students will gain a familiarity with philosophical and theoretical approaches that will have relevance beyond the module.

(LO2) Students will gain the ability to critically interrogate claims made about ‘new’ and outmoded media forms and platforms, and to distinguish moments of key cultural, social and technical change.

(LO3) Students will gain a critical understanding of ideas about media, particularly in relation to technology and technological progress.

(LO4) Students will gain an historical awareness and familiarity with a range of sources and archives through which they can learn about past media forms.

(S1) Further develop critical thinking

(S2) Develop critical writing ability

(S3) Archival research and historiographic skills

(S4) Close reading and analysis


Syllabus

 

Key topics will include (not necessarily all or in this order)

What is media archaeology?
Approaches to the history of technology
Ethnographic and phenomenological accounts of change
Innovation and progress in European philosophy and theory
Walter Benjamin and the critique of historical progress
Historical frameworks and periodization
The production of obsolescence and the shock of the new
Global media, maintenance and repair culture
Grey, operative, atmospheric and infrastructural media
Survivals and revivals
Network culture
Digital preservation and archaeology of videogames
library resources will be accessible through the module reading list, other key learning resources will accessible through VITAL or (in the case of screenings and material culture) accessed in class.
Students are expected to read all reading marked essential and to find their own supplementary resources?


Teaching and Learning Strategies

Summary of Learning and Teaching Methods:
Teaching method: LECTURE AND SEMINAR
Description: WEEKLY 1 HR LECTURE AND SEMINAR plus occasional film screenings
This activity may be online or on campus and could be subject to changes.
Schedule directed student hours: 28
Unscheduled directed student hours: 272
Attendance recorded: YES
Notes:
Description of how self-directed learning hours may be used: reading module learning materials (key and further reading, researching, set seminar tasks, assignment preparation)


Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 12

12

      6

30
Timetable (if known) 60 mins X 1 totaling 12
 
60 mins X 1 totaling 12
 
      120 mins X 1 totaling 6
 
 
Private Study 270
TOTAL HOURS 300

Assessment

EXAM Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
             
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
Resit opportunity = Y Anonymous = N  5 minutes    10       
Resit opportunity = Y Anonymous = Y  -4000 words    90       

Recommended Texts

Reading lists are managed at readinglists.liverpool.ac.uk. Click here to access the reading lists for this module.