Digital Realities

Module summary

Module code: MEDS1171
Level: 4
Credits: 30
School: Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department: Design
Module Coordinator(s): Tatiana Isaeva



The purpose of this course is to explore recent developments in media exhibition and distribution platforms, technology, and global communication. The world is interconnected through media and communication platforms – both digital and physical (as well as through live events and experimental technologies, such as holograms and virtual reality). The impact of this from a cultural, philosophical and user-centric standpoint will be explored, in addition to a technological perspective. For example, questions such as the following will be asked: what impact do such developments have on perceptions of nations, cultures and communities, as well as transnational or global relations?

Learning outcomes

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

1 understand key examples of digital media and digital realities and their impact within global contexts
2 identify appropriate methodological and theoretical approaches for digital media platforms
3 apply specific research methods in order to examine global contexts
4 prepare information in digital format for consumption by the user and help develop a user-centred approach to their work
5 communicate research outcomes through both verbal and written means.

Indicative content

Students will be introduced to the history of digital media developments – in terms of early theories related to hypertexts and websites, moving to home media and digitisation, before then interrogating the impact of new portable technologies and platforms (e.g. smartphone technology, tablet computers, and wearable technology such as watches, biological monitors and VR sets). Furthermore, case studies of their use and impact in different nations and regions around the world will be charted.

Teaching and learning activity

Learning and teaching will be delivered via two-hour weekly multi-modal classes, discussions, workshops, screenings of clips and trailers, online learning (via Moodle) and guided independent study.


Digital Presentation - 25% weighting, 40% pass mark.
Learning outcomes 1, 4 & 5.

Essay - 75% weighting, 40% pass mark.
Learning outcomes 1 - 3 & 5.
2000 words.

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

Formative Assessment - Class exercises and presentations of findings. Short written exercises will be encouraged for the films and readings, with regular feedback.