Digital Cultures


The Digital Cultures major critically investigates the internet, new media and digital technologies and the roles they play in contemporary society, culture, business, politics, the arts and everyday life. In the Digital Cultures major, you will explore the interface between emerging new media technologies and cultural practices involving information, communication, knowledge, identities and power. Students build a rich understanding of how new technologies are generated, circulated and consumed.

Topics covered in the Digital Cultures major include:

- the web
- social media
- online identities
- computer games
- virtual communities
- theories of technology and culture
- digital research
- media arts

The Digital Cultures major places intelligent, interactive, mobile and networked technologies in context, taking an interdisciplinary approach that draws on sociology, history, philosophy, media studies, cultural studies and new media studies to understand the dramatic changes emerging as digital media proliferate. Teaching combines face-to-face coursework with online exercises and practical work in computer labs. Graduates with Digital Cultures majors are skilled communicators and critical analysts of new technologies and digital media in Australian and global contexts. They are well positioned to play key roles as social commentators, innovators and leaders.

Study plan

A major in Digital Cultures requires at least 36 senior credit points, including at least 24 credit points from core Digital Cultures units of study and including the senior-advanced (3000) core unit, ARIN3620 Researching Digital Cultures.

Junior units of study (1000 level):
You complete 18 junior credit points (three junior units of study) taken from any of the following subject areas: ANTH, ARHT, COMP, DECO, ENGL, GCST, HSTY, ISYS, INFO, LNGS, MECO, PSYC, SCLG.

The Digital Cultures major draws students from a wide range of disciplines, which is reflected in the junior units that are required for entry into Digital Cultures units of study.

Senior units of study (2000 and 3000 level):
You complete at least 24 credit points taken from core Digital Cultures units. Senior-intermediate (2000 level) units of study are designed to offer an overview of an area, genre or disciplinary problem, giving you an opportunity to survey and consolidate knowledge and skills in Digital Cultures.

A major in Digital Cultures requires that you complete ARIN3620.

Graduate opportunities

Sydney Arts and Social Sciences graduates work in government departments at all levels, and major private sector consultancies and corporations, locally and overseas. The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences offers a range of subject areas that prepare graduates for careers in administration, education, business research, marketing, media, management consultancy, public relations, gallery and museum curatorship, hospitality and tourism, community and welfare. Our graduates are proficient in research and inquiry, and demonstrate personal and intellectual autonomy, and ethical, social and professional understanding, qualities sought after by leading employers all over the world.

Further study for major

Eligible candidates may proceed to an Honours year in the Bachelor of Arts, or apply for admission to a rich postgraduate program in the humanities and social sciences, comprising advanced learning and professional courses. Master degrees include capstone projects ranging from internships with government and non-government organisations in Australia and overseas, the gallery and museum sector, and leading media organisations, to opportunities for independent research projects which prepare students for higher degrees by research.

Related subject areas

Sociology, Philosophy, Cultural Studies, History

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