Communication Technologies and Change

Unit code: 8131

Description: This unit addresses the mutually constitutive relationship between communication practices, institutions and technologies and the social, economic and political worlds in which we live.It explores the relationship between technological change and change in social, cultural, political and economic practices, processes and institutions. Contemporary discourses in the field - from \'the information society\' to \'globalisation\', from \'cultural imperialism\' to \'post-colonialism\' and from \'medium theory\' to \'neo-luddism. come under close scrutiny. We assume no one dominant theoretical perspective on these issues, so an important goal of the subject is to make students aware of different theoretical approaches and foci.