Overview

This unit examines the relationship between science, technology and culture with a particular emphasis on communications and screen-based technology. It draws on key theoretical paradigms such as disruptive innovation, Actor Network Theory, and participatory media.

Requisites

Teaching Periods
Location
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date
Teaching Period 3
Location
Online
Start and end dates
06-November-2023
11-February-2024
Last self-enrolment date
19-November-2023
Census date
01-December-2023
Last withdraw without fail date
29-December-2023
Results released date
05-March-2024

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  • Examine and identify the role of today’s media and media industries from a socio-historical perspective
  • Construct and justify logical arguments about the relationship between science, technology and culture
  • Critique received views through the application of key theoretical concepts
  • Apply the critical distance and historical perspective necessary to anticipate future shifts in Science, Technology and Culture

Teaching methods

Hawthorn

Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
On-campus
Lecture
2.00 12 weeks 24
On-campus
Class
1.00 12 weeks 12
Specified Activities
Various
3.00 12 weeks 36
Unspecified Activities
Various
6.50 12 weeks 78
TOTAL150

All Applicable Locations

Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
Online
Directed Online Learning and Independent Learning
12.50 12 weeks 150
TOTAL150

Assessment

Type Task Weighting ULO's
AssignmentIndividual 40% 1,2,3,4 
EssayIndividual 40% 1,2,3,4 
EssayIndividual 40% 1,2,3,4 
ExaminationIndividual 40% 1,2,3 
Innovation PostedIndividual 20% 1,2,3,4 
Innovation PostedIndividual 20% 1,2,3,4 

Content

  • Theoretical Frameworks for Understanding Science & Technology
  • Influence of the Printing Press
  • Mobile Media
  • Broadcast and Convergence
  • Participatory culture
  • Technology and evolution

Study resources

Reading materials

A list of reading materials and/or required textbooks will be available in the Unit Outline on Canvas.