HMKA0320HU Modern Culture: Theoretical Topic 1: NEW NEW: Kulturteoretisk emne 1: Critical issues in digital culture

Volume 2013/2014
Modern Culture
For many, our time is characterized as the information age, denoting the centrality of digital technologies in social life. Digital technologies transform the ways we understand and shape our world; our ways of learning, our perceptions of time and distance, our understanding of history or cultural difference, are all effectively mediated by digital media and technology. At the same time, the aspects influenced by digital media and technologies. This course aims at studying the effects of digitalization on culture, meaning on one hand the norms and the ethics guiding everyday life practices, but also the effects of digitalization on cultural production itself. Although digitalization is generally praised as a positive development maximizing the productive and communicative capacities of humanity, there are important concerns tha can be raised to reach a critical understanding of digital technologies and their uses, to democratize and humanize the potential of digital technologies further. The course problematizes the hype of technological novelty and unfolds important issues that concern the effects of digitalization to our privacy, our ways of understanding the world, the ways of making and sharing symbolic goods, or our civil rights. Relevant questions that the course asks are: how should we understand cognitive frames like the "information Society" from cultural perspectives, concerned with the ideological and ethical dimensions of digitalization in everyday life? What are the effects of digital technology on the ways knowledge is distributed and appropriated by users of technology? How do digital media, digital tools (such as cameras or software programs) transform our ways of learning, remembering, as well as how do they affect individual and collective identities and subjectivities? How is work transformed through digital mean? What is the importance of copyrights for the dissemination of symbolic goods and the rewarding of the producer? What is the meaning of the interactive and participatory culture of digital media, for society and democracy? How should we understand the role of digital media and ICTs during the latest development of social movements worldwide, such as the Occupy? The course is in particular relevant for, but not exclusive to, the following disciplines: modern culture, literature, art history, visual culture and information science.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Exam
  • 84
  • Guidance
  • 3
  • Lectures
  • 33
  • Preparation
  • 300
  • Total
  • 420
Type of assessment
Oral examination
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship