FAM5038S Mobile Media & Communications
NQF credits: 24 at HEQSF level 9.
Acceptance for an Honours or Master’s programme.
The convergence of media, information and communication technologies (ICT) and the growth of global networks and relatively affordable mobile communication systems have been associated with dramatic shifts in society, organizations, individual identities and media industries. This course aims to develop students’ understanding of how mobile technologies and media are experienced in everyday life, by millions of mobile phone users in developing countries. Students will encounter a range of social approaches to mobile communication, including the social shaping of technologies, actor network theory, ethnographic and sociolinguistic approaches to interpersonal communication, human computer interaction and social network analysis.
The course covers topics such as the adoption and domestication of ICTs, the nature of mediated social networks and shifts in social power associated with many-to-many communication and new forms of social interaction and control across time and space. Claims about the developmental benefits and positive social ‘impact’ of mobile communications are critically considered, Case studies are explored to identify the implications of mobile communication for livelihoods, equality, health, literacy, education, economic inequality and democratic participation. Students are introduced to a range of social research methodologies from which they select an appropriate method to investigate a focused research question.
Completion of all assessment items is required for a DP.
Seminar presentation 20%; Research proposal 20%; Research paper 50%; Research presentation and press pack 10%.