NM6101 Advanced Theories in Communications and New Media

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 0-3-0-3-4
Prerequisites: Nil
Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil


In this module, students will review classical and contemporary readings in communications and new media studies, including key concepts and areas of investigation. It will provide students with a comprehensive and critical overview of theoretical frameworks of communications and new media. Students will also examine the role of theory in the research process. 

*Note : 
NM6101 is offered only in Semester 1 of every academic year.

NM6103 Quantitative Research Methods in Communications and New Media

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 0-3-0-3-4
Prerequisites: For CNM and FASS graduate students
Preclusion(s) Nil
Cross-listing(s): Nil


This course will prepare graduate students for their thesis  writing by  delving  into  selected quantitative research  methods  in  depth  in  the  area  of communications and new media. Students will have hands-on experience in developing their own research agenda, designing methodologies and conducting independent research work. It will give an  introduction  to  a  variety  of  quantitative  and research  methods  including  survey  research, experimental  design,  content  analysis,  and  social network  analysis.  Students will also learn how to analyse empirical data using appropriate statistics and analytical tools.

NM6104 Qualitative Research Methods in Communications and New Media

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 0-3-0-3-4
Prerequisites: For CNM and FASS graduate students
Preclusion(s) Nil
Cross-listing(s): Nil


This module is designed to help graduate students understand what qualitative communication research is, questions of design in qualitative communication research, and the steps in carrying out qualitative research projects. It covers fundamental concepts in qualitative research design, sampling strategies, data generation, data analysis, evaluation, writing and performance. This module also introduces basic concepts of qualitative methods such as interpretation, meaning making, reflexivity, poetics, and co-construction. A set of field based experiences will be designed to give students opportunities to become familiar with specific forms of qualitative data gathering such as in-depth interviews, focus groups, and ethnography.

 
NM6201 Communication and Culture

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 0-3-0-3-4
Prerequisites: Nil
Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil


The media play tremendously important roles in our lives: by our ubiquitous, daily interactions with them; by the ways they shape the political and cultural landscape within the public sphere; or by engendering possibilities for communication. In this module we will consider questions such as: How should we understand the relationships among media and the social and cultural contexts in which they operate? How should we think through the relationship of technology and communication? What is new about new media technologies? How do certain cultures create and naturalize particular modes of media form and content? How do media technologies interact with/create forms of community and identity?


NM6202: Technological Embodiments

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 0-3-0-3-4
Prerequisites: Nil
Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil


The module targets advanced students in the arts and social sciences interested in the study of the social, cultural, political and aesthetic impact of new technologies on conceptions of human embodiment. Students will critically engage the field of human-machine interaction, particularly related to research on concepts, visions and technologies of interfacing 'human' and 'machine': internet, cyborg, wearable and ubiquitous computing, and immersive virtual reality (gaming in particular). Apart from developing students' interdisciplinary skills, this module aims to link the discourse of new media and technology with that of the body, where idea of 'the body and its boundaries' itself is not assumed but carefully scrutinized.


NM6203 Culture-Centered Approach to Communication

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 0-3-0-4-3
Prerequisites: Nil
Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil


Using examples of culturally-centered projects of social change globally, this module provides a starting point to engage in theorizing, methodological development, and designing of applications in the context of the culture-centered approach to communication for social change. Blending theory and practice, the module encourages thoughtful criticism of existing policy and program formulations and explores the communicative processes through which the margins may be centered in processes of communication. The problems of inequality and inaccess are examined through the lens of a cultural critique and subsequent interventions are studied both at macro and micro levels utilizing critical social science principles.


NM6211 Political Communication

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 3-0-0-3-4
Prerequisites: Nil
Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil


This module is an advanced introduction to theory and research in political communication. It explores important theoretical developments and debates in the field of political communication, which include, but are not limited to deliberation, public opinion, political participation, and topics more directly related to new media technologies. The purpose of this module is to aid students in developing theoretical insights and prepare them to effectively and efficiently navigate through the broad research literature on political communication.


NM6660 Independent Study

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 3-0-0-4-3
Prerequisites:

Minimum 10 hours per week. The precise breakdown of contact hours, assignment and preparation is to be worked out between the lecture and the student, subject to Department approval

Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil


Independent research plays an important role in graduate education. The Independent Study Module is designed to enable the student to explore an approved topic in Communications and New Media in depth. The student should approach a lecturer to work out an agreed topic, readings, and assignments for the module. A formal, written agreement is to be drawn up, giving a clear account of the topic, programme of study, assignments, evaluation, and other pertinent details. Head's and/or Graduate Coordinator's approval of the written agreement is required. Regular meetings and reports are expected. Evaluation is based on 100% Continuous Assessment and must be worked out between the student and the lecturer prior to seeking departmental approval.


NM6770 Graduate Research Seminar*

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 0-3-0-0-7
Prerequisites: Nil
Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil

This is a required module for all research Masters and Ph.D. students admitted from AY2004/2005. The module provides a forum for students and faculty to share their research and to engage one another critically in discussion of their current research projects. The module will include presentations by faculty on research ethics and dissertation writing. Each student is required to present a formal research paper. Active participation in all research presentations is expected. The module may be spread over two semesters and will be graded "Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory" on the basis of student presentation and participation.


NM6882 Advanced Topics: Intelligent Interactive Media

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 0-3-0-4-3
Prerequisites:

Successful completion of 5000-level CNM media design module (or equivalent).

Note: This module is intended for advanced graduate students from all faculties and thus does not require a background in computer science and engineering (although it will be possible for such students to develop and evaluate more technically advanced prototypes).

Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil

 *Note:

This is an advanced module for graduate students who are doing thesis work that involves prototyping and evaluation adaptive/intelligent interactive digital media. Students will learn about research challenges and solutions specific to such media by developing working prototypes and conducting user studies with them.

NM6770 is offered only in Semester 1 of every academic year. 

 

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