Digital Media Culture (DMC3)

Digital Media Culture / Digitaalinen mediakulttuuri (KD00AB47)

Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Science (Vanhankaupunki Campus)

14.09.2010 - 30.11.2010

This lecture series will explore how artists, activists, corporations and non-profit organisations use/have used online and digital networks to encourage people to actively participate in collective action, and in particular, in the world around them.

8 sessions of theory and case-examples, short discussion exercises, screenings of lecture or documentation clips will contribute ideas to the process.

Students have the option to collectively elect 1 topic from a breadth of contemporary digital media forms (participatory platforms, online sharing, crowdsourcing, syndication, internet, games, communications, virtual environments, intellectual property issues, networks, peer production etc.), and will learn about their features good and bad, where they developed from historically, their politics, economics, and labour issues.

As part of the learning process, each student will research and conceptually develop an 'imaginary platform' during the course, considering how they might employ these forms to encourage and inspire others to get involved in activity beyond themselves.

1-to-1 Tutorials will be available for 2hrs after presentation to assist the self-identified research, discuss personal interest or relevance to theme. Each student must have at least 2 tutorial sessions.

Course objectives: The student is familiar with the research field of digital media culture and theories explaining media phenomena. He/she is able to analyse digital media phenomena and scrutinise them critically. The student is able to perceive trends in digital media culture and evaluate their social impact.

As a practicing artist-organiser, teacher Andrew Paterson will lead the learning process, including recent experiences and stories.

Teaching and content will be in English. Conversational exercises can be enacted in Finnish & reported back in English. Diary and presentation to be made in English.

Note, this is a concept development text/presentation, not production, assignment.



  • DMC3 Session 10: Outro: Student presentations

Assessment Materials

This course is worth 5 ECTS. Assessment and Pass in this course is based on:

  • 80% attendance (Missing >2 sessions will affect your ability to pass)
  • Participation in the dialogical exercises
  • Lecture/concept development diary
  • 10 min spoken presentation to group


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