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Digitalisation is central to daily life in the twenty-first century. It extends from the domestic to the public, while also impacting our social and intimate relations. Digitalisation, connectivity, the internet – we have built our lives around these systems, such that they have become a way of ‘making’ realities, lives, and worlds. How do we begin to understand our new and emerging digital realities? How do we account for the social inequalities that digital technologies often reproduce? Exploring Digital Realities begins with historicising the internet, and journeys to speculative futures. The subject critically assesses different case studies around viral, algorithmic, and cybernetic realities. Topics may include digital lives and ‘going viral’, deep fakes and chatbots, artificial intelligence, sextech and the internet of things, and animal-human-robot connectivities.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
- Demonstrate a critical understanding of theories of digital technologies and how they can be applied in society
- Critically analyse historical, social, economic, ethical and cultural implications of the digitalisation of everyday life
- Identify, use, and appraise research material relevant to digitalisation and the making of new and emerging realities.
- Critical thinking in the context of conflicting claims
- Analytic skills informed by empirical data
- Clear written and oral communications skills
- Use of digital media
- Capacity to make reasoned normative judgements.
Last updated: 31 January 2024