Media Studies – Gaming, the Internet and Social Media

Course Level 3: Advanced

Estimated Study Time: 2-3 hours

This course introduces you to the effects electronic games, the internet, and social media all have on culture and society. The course also looks at the historical evolution of each of these areas, and the issues and trends which affect them.

This course begins by developing an understanding of electronic games and entertainment. In particular, you will look at the historical development of video games, and examine the impact which this medium has had upon culture. You will also look at the controversial issues which surround video games. Finally, you will look at the blurring of the boundaries between games and other types of media.

Next, you will be introduced to the internet and social media, and their development throughout history. In order to achieve this, you will look at the evolution of the internet. You will gain insight into social media and Web 2.0, and the impact of globalization on culture and communication. Finally, you will examine the issues and trends which affect this medium.

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