AMU3580 - Digital Society: Engaging with the world - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Malaysia School of Arts and Social Sciences

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Julian Hopkins


Dr Julian Hopkins

Not offered in 2019


Twelve credit points of second-year Arts units.


Must be enrolled in course code A2007 or A2011


How are the internet and digital media making a difference to society, and how can we communicate awareness of these changes to society?.

The unit builds upon the previous units in the Bachelor of Digital Media Studies to bring together digital literacy skills and academic analysis of the dynamics of socioeconomic, cultural, and political impacts of the internet and digital media.

It will focus on the implications of networked communication technologies in interpersonal, local and global contexts by drawing upon relevant theories and case studies. It will ask students to create digital content aimed at spreading awareness of social, cultural and/or political issues related to the use of the internet and digital media.


Upon successful completion of the unit, students should be able to:

  1. explain and demonstrate how the internet and digital media influence emerging socioeconomic, cultural, and political practices;
  2. contextualise and explain how the internet and digital media relate to diverse interpersonal, local and global contexts;
  3. critically evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of common scholarly explanations of the emergence and diffusion of the internet and digital media within society;
  4. work in a team to plan and execute a project related to awareness of internet and digital media related social issues;
  5. use different digital tools for explaining and expressing ideas, concepts and arguments.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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