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Global Digital Cultures MA

Key information
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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Globalisation

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

The emergence of the internet and digital culture has affected all societies, albeit unevenly. This programme explores the global dimensions of digital culture, focusing on digital creativity and practices in the global South. Students are taught to understand the historical development of digital technologies and the internet, exploring their impact and meaning in diverse economic, political and cultural realms. They study contemporary theories of the digital and consider their adequacy for understanding the non-Western world, while developing knowledge of a range of research tools for understanding the internet, social media and big data.

Students are encouraged to develop arguments about the global dimensions of digital culture in written and oral forms. In addition, they explore the shifting lines between theory and practice by becoming digital adepts, developing collective and individual blogs and acquiring other digital multi-media skills.

The programme is designed for those wishing to be active in the growing digital culture markets in the global South; personnel working for NGOs and other organizations involved in new media and development; policymakers for digital innovation; and diplomats faced with new digital diplomacy. It is an excellent platform for those wishing to undertake MPhil/PhD research on global digital cultures.

Different course options

Full time | SOAS, University of London | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Full time

Duration

1 year

Start date

SEP

Modules

In this module, we explore two main themes that run through any critical discussion of contemporary digital cultures: 1, whether digital technologies represent a moment of break from the past, empowering new groups of people and fundamentally changing the way we relate to each other and organize as a society, or whether they are a continuation, however fast and seemingly ground-breaking, of social shifts that began in the past; and 2. whether digital technologies, which originated mostly in the US and Europe, bring Western socio-technical values to other cultures, particularly in the Global South, or whether they are being adapted to local circumstances.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£9,685

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£19,930

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

Students need to have a minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent).

University information

SOAS University of London is home to a large postgraduate community, with 45% of students studying towards a taught or research degree. SOAS University of London welcomes the brightest minds to study on its central London campus with like-minded individuals who feel passionately about contemporary world issues. All SOAS courses provide students with an understanding of complex contemporary issues and knowledge of non-Western theories. SOAS...more