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Network Cultures

2014 unit code: MDA60011 (formerly HAM431)

Please note that unit codes have changed from 2014.
Credit points12.5 Credit Points
1 Semester
Contact hours3 Hours per Week
Nil - except for postgraduate Multimedia students who must successfully complete HAM405 The Media in Australia before studying HAM431.

Aims and objectives

The aim of this subject is to introduce students to key issues relating to electronic media technologies. In particular, it aims to provide them with frameworks for understanding the genealogies of new media and their relationships to older technologies. Students will be asked such questions as:  What is a medium?  What is technology?  What is culture?  How do these interact with each other?

Teaching methods

Workshops and Tutorials


Participation/reading journal/discussion list 25%, review 25%, major essay/project 50%.


As well as encouraging students to think through issues relating to new media, this subject aims to provide students with both the experience of using and the skills to use new technologies effectively. The subject will be delivered using a combination of face to face teaching and all of the above technologies (hypertext, email, Chat, wikis, blogs and social software). Students will be required to submit work for assessment in a similar array of formats.

Reading materials

Murphie, A & Potts, J Culture & Technology (London: Palgrave, 2002).
Johnson, S Interface Culture: How new technology transforms the way we create and communicate, Harper Collins, 1997.