- The increased use of multimedia has major implications for the way in which society accesses and uses information. This revolution is no less significant in the humanities. Multimedia enables different textures and levels of information to be contained within one application to suit different audiences and abilities. The ability to provide multiple, non-exclusive pathways through a topic and build in interactivity opens up new possibilities for learning. The electronic, and particularly the web form, of multimedia allows previously scarce or unobtainable resources to be made available and for these resources to be shared simultaneously by individuals or groups. The ability to integrate previously disparate resources, publications, analyses or interpretations opens up the possibilities for new syntheses. The advantages that pertain to scholarship in humanities are no less significant for archive, museum, library or gallery displays, access programmes and media companies.
- The development of network-based communication and interaction is having a transformative effect on many aspects of society, community, and communication. Most students participate, whether actively or passively, but few have the theoretical grounding and methodological skills to evaluate critically cybercultures and cybercommunities. For instance, most users have given little consideration to the influence of net-based communication on the individual and the societal construction of time, place, and culture, to the interplay between the local and the global, or to the diversity of virtual communities and how they develop and evolve. Investigating how the cyberworld is reinventing place and time and reshaping communities and culture requires interdisciplinary, global, and multicultural research strategies.
This module takes a variety of theories and methods drawn from more traditional approaches to studying cultures, communities, the individual, time, and place, and examines and tests their applicability to the study of net-cultures. The nature of the networked environment makes it feasible both to study theory and to gain experience in its application to empirical study in a way that is unusual in an education environment.
- This course aims to introduce students to Kant's metaphysics and epistemology through a close reading of the Critique of Pure Reason. The text we'll use is: Kant, I. (1929/2003) Critique of Pure Reason, translated by Norman Kemp Smith, with a new introduction by Howard Caygill, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
For the greatest part of the 20th century it was considered very bad taste to raise the subject of consciousness in academic circles. But now its study has become acceptable and it has become an active multidisciplinary research area. We will begin by examining why talk of consciousness used to bring about expressions of mild disgust in intelligent people, and proceed by looking at how we have progressed to its study being one of the most exciting and productive areas for research and discovery in the whole of the academy. So, why be interested in consciousness? Possibly because of the academic and interdisciplinary challenges, possibly because of an interest in animal sentience and welfare, but possibly also because of our own personal experience - you have consciousness, you experience consciousness, perhaps you even think that you ‘are’ your consciousness. The only way to make progress in studying consciousness is to think about it very clearly, and engage in serious constructive interdisciplinary dialogue. In this course we will hope to provoke lively discussion of the nature of consciousness from the domains of philosophy, psychology, cognitive science, and biology.
- Staff: Stephen Bostock
- Staff: Blay Whitby
- Staff: Susan Stuart
- Staff: Alexander South
- Staff: Rebekah Derrett
- Degree programme information for Arts and Media Informatics Honours students
- Employing Arts and Humanities is a new course for Senior Honours students from any subject in the College of Arts. It’s about how arts and humanities knowledge and skills can be applied outside the academic classroom. The course asks you to take what you’ve been learning and apply it to a variety of workplace settings, from the public to the private sector. It requires you to use your subject knowledge and skills in a way that transforms them into the attributes for a career.It will help you to reflect on the academic work you’ve undertaken at University in the context of what you want to do next. It will give you an opportunity to work on a range of real life problems, using methods which will give you a head-start when applying for graduate-level jobs. The course replaces one of your Senior Honours papers, using the ‘25% rule’ which allows you to take up to 60 of your Honours credits outside your main Honours subject. The course is available in 20-credit and 30-credit versions, so you can fit it in with almost any Single Honours programme.
- This course introduces students to issues arising from the use of web 2.0 technology in the spheres of enterprise, creativity and citizenship and provides some conceptual frameworks with which to explore these.