MEVIT4701 – Screen Technologies
Of what importance are screen technologies for understanding our current screen cultures? Current screen technologies are sought out (cinema, television), chanced on (digital signage advertising), carried (smartphone, tablet and laptop) and worn (smartwatches, smartglasses and other wearable devices).
The course Screen Technologies focuses on technological approaches to screens, such as the cinema, television, computer, and smartphone screen. The teaching offers critical approaches to one of the most pressing societal challenges: the major technological shifts affecting man and machine, media and cultural products. The course examines the technological infrastructures of screens and screen content, and asks how various screen technologies form, interact and enable production of meaning and narratives. How do, for instance, different algorithms (in social media or elsewhere) afford different kinds of narrative techniques? Depending on the course convenor, a practical element could be included.
Candidates who have completed the Screen Technologies course will have acquired the following knowledge, skills and general competences:
- has advanced knowledge of the technologies of screens, such as the cinema, television, computer, and smartphone screen.
- can analyze and interpret media texts and cultural artifacts pertaining to the field of screen technologies independently.
- can assess relevant existing theories and approaches in researching screen technologies and work independently on practical and theoretical problems.
- can use the methodological skills obtained from practical experience with different approaches to technologies within the field of screen cultures to carry out independent academic and professional work.
- can within the field of screen technologies analyze and critically assess different sources of information to make scholarly arguments, and communicate about academic questions, analyses and findings with specialists and society at large.
- can use the general competence of writing scholarly about technologies within the field of screen cultures in other academic and professional fields.
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This course is offered to the students enrolled in the Master Program "Screen Cultures", but MA students at other programmes can also be enrolled in the course, if there are available spaces.
The teaching will consist of a lecture-seminar mix and group work. We expect the students to have read the suggested texts before the lectures and seminar, and that they will actively participate in the teaching.
This course has two (2) compulsory activities.
In order to qualify for the exam, students will have to complete the following:
- A mandatory oral presentation in groups and feedback on another group's presentation.
- Submit a term paper outline to be discussed in smaller groups as part of the class.
All compulsory activities must be completed in order to qualify for the exam.
The exam for this course is a term paper of up to ten (10) pages, where each page is calculated to approximately 2300 characters excluding spaces. The page count does not include the front page, literature list/bibliography or appendices.
The obligatory activities must be fulfilled to be able to hand in the term paper.
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Language of examination
The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.
Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.
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