HM5204: New Media Literacy

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HM5204: New Media Literacy

Module Title New Media Literacy
Module Code HM5204
Module Tutor Jonathan Marshall
School School of Liberal and Performing Arts
CAT Points 15
Level of Study 5
Brief Description

This module introduces students to the language of the various online forums dealing with global issues such as resource depletion, over-population, climate change and financial insecurity.

Indicative Syllabus

This level five module covers the ways in which language is structured and used by members of online forums, blogs and social networking sites which discuss publicly the problems facing humanity in the 21 st century. Such discussions may include oil, gas and coal depletion, water insecurity, political and social breakdown, climate change, rising sea levels and possible plans and solutions to the problems. Students also explore the ways in which language is used, along with for example the avatars of the members, to portray or hide identities. The overall aim is to develop skills in using new media to effectively engage in debates on issues of importance for the 21 st century.

Learning Outcomes

A student passing this module should be able to demonstrate that they:

  1. can analyse the differing language features and styles that are found in the new and traditional media
  2. can successfully join and participate in online forums in a non-confrontational manner
  3. can explain how the relationships, identities and hierarchies found in the real world can also be found developing in online forums
  4. can critique conventional wisdom on important twenty-first century topics as population, energy, water, and financial insecurity
  5. can communicate effectively in a variety of contexts, including new media.
Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 28
Independent Learning Hours: 122
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 0% Coursework: Individual, standard written: Poster: 1000 words or equivalent
002: 100% Coursework: Individual, portfolio: 2000 words or equivalent
Special Assessment Requirements

Both elements of assessment must be passed in order to pass the module.

Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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