Mediated Environments

Module summary

Module code: MEDS1120
Level: 6
Credits: 30
School: Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department: Design
Module Coordinator(s): Maria Korolkova / Hannah Lammin



The aim of the course is to try and create an atmosphere of critical and creative thinking that can account for contemporary life and that can problematize our spatial coordinates and timescales that are almost always mediated and represented as ordered, linear and logical/sensible. Through art and philosophy, where both visual and acoustic traditions will be explored, an attitude can be fostered that will challenge a number of traditional assumptions.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course a student will be able to:

1 Work with a range of theoretical concepts, and demonstrate appropriate comprehension
2 Apply a range of theoretical concepts to contemporary media practice
3 Demonstrate an awareness of the wider social effects of a range of media
4 To demonstrate in formal writing the application of theoretical models to a range of contemporary questions.
5 To apply theoretical models to media practice in a multimedia presentation

Indicative content

The media as an inhabited environment is constantly changing and expanding. As it does so It affects our lives in increasingly complex ways. The study of this environment requires an integrated understanding of the relevant positions, both classical and contemporary, from social, political, economic, philosophical, artistic, geographical and scientific thinking. Many recent pronouncements have stated that technological development, particularly in relation to digital media, is the dominant motif of ‘our times’. Thus, aspects of time, space, philosophy, science and the contemporary media environment will be merged within this course to answer some of the questions posed by such advances.

Some of the connections between these traditional disciplines are transparent – existential questions related to living with and in media, and the related scientific/technological advances in digital technology. But others are more opaque: the ‘atomic’ and the ‘cosmic’ are concepts that one might consider in relation to global and local debates. Also the notion of curvature in time-space is an important factor in relation to the spatio-temporal ramifications of existing in virtual environments. It is also relevant to questions of time-space compression in film and other visual media that play such a significant part in orientating us in the contemporary media environment.

Teaching and learning activity



Essay - 60% weighting, 40% pass mark.
Learning outcomes 1, 2, 3 & 4.
Outline Details - Essay question to be provided. 3,000 words.

Multimedia Presentation - 40% weighting, 40% pass mark.
Learning outcomes 1, 2, 3 & 5.
Outline Details - Topic to be agreed during tutorial. 15 mins/10 images/other multimedia.

Students are not required to pass all elements of summative assessment in order to pass the course.

Formative Assessment - Small group seminar presentations every six weeks responding to a set question. Feedback on presentations to be given individually.