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Undergraduate Handbook

Language of Digital Media - SOMA1600
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Campus: College of Fine Arts Campus
Career: Undergraduate
Units of Credit: 6
EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)
Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 3
Enrolment Requirements:
Currently enrolled in program 4810 Digital Media or 3982 Digital Media/Computer Science.
Fee Band: 1 (more info)
Further Information: See Class Timetable


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Digital Media or Bachelor of Computing Science/Bachelor of Digital Media

This course provides an overview of theories of language and looks critically at the way these apply to popular media in the digital age. Starting with basic principles of communication and introducing theories of semiotics, students are encouraged to critically engage with the deconstruction of media as text. Lectures in this course provide an introduction to linguistic and semiotic theory, as well as newer concepts such as memetics. Media platforms are also examined in individual lectures, ranging from comics to digital games and hypertext. In tutorials the concepts introduced in lectures are examined in more detail, and assessment is undertaken through presentation involving the examination and analysis of popular media.

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