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Perspectives on Digital Platforms (MECM90015)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeMECM90015
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This subject explores critical perspectives on digital platforms within media and communications studies. Digital platforms incorporate databases, algorithms, interfaces and infrastructures, and now play a significant role in mediating digital economies, cultural practices and social relations. Students will examine various theoretical, historical and methodological approaches for analyzing digital platforms, including their histories and social impacts. Within the subject workshops, students will consider debates around technology innovation, change and adoption, whilst also undertaking a research project to apply these ideas to a specific feature or function of a digital platform.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • undertake both independent and group research into digital media technologies, histories, and practices;
  • demonstrate a high-level understanding of various research frameworks, methods and theories in the study of digital media;
  • critically reflect on processes of innovation, change and adoption in media and communications technologies; and
  • engage in informed discussion about the social and political implications of digital platforms.

Generic skills

At the completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • identify and apply appropriate research methods and theoretical frameworks for independent study of digital media;
  • demonstrate a high-level of written and oral communication skills;
  • work effectively as a member of a team in developing, researching, and presenting a project; and
  • demonstrate a high level of competence in reading, synthesising, and presenting relevant research and theoretical material.

Last updated: 11 November 2018