The accelerating velocity of digital transformation: the explosion of social media since Facebook (2004); the widespread adoption of smartphones (2007) and tablets since 2010 - devices now outselling traditional PCs, demonstrate the digital revolution that is reshaping our society. These tool and platforms are enabling profound social and political changes from the Arab Spring to how we interact in our families and communities. These societal transformations raise new questions for the Arts and Social Sciences, and demand graduates who can not only effectively employ these tools, but more profoundly leverage them through critical appreciation of the profound ways they are transforming our everyday lives.
The Digital Cultures programme of University College Cork Online operates within and about the digital moment, developing knowledge, skills and critical awareness through praxis. The MA in Digital Cultures not only develops practical skills to flourish in the digital age, but also to explore the impact of the digital on culture, power and identity in society. The programme fosters new literacies for the contemporary world - of digital consumption, literacy of digital production, of digital creation. Most importantly, the MA in Digital Cultures considers the moral and ethical implications and social, cultural, political and economic impacts of technology on human organisation.
This MA encourages a truly transdisciplinary engagement that is creatively enriching for students within a scholarly atmosphere. We offer a unique interdisciplinary opportunity for participants in a distinctive synergy within Digital Cultures. The programme offers an introduction into how digital tools and methods can be used in research and it combines innovative elements of theory and practice in Digital Cultures.
The programme will provide a grounding in how digital tools can be used to capture social and cultural data sources in digital form, using standards-based tools (TEI, XML, SQL amongst others) to frame research questions, collaborate on research using social networking tools, and present results both in print and on the web using current standards-based presentation technologies. Students will be encouraged to and facilitated in the creation of digital artefacts individually and in teams. International engagement and participation is expected and encouraged – led by the teaching team.
The DC MA is geared towards introducing graduates to the use of appropriate digital tools to address research questions in their 'traditional' disciplines. It lays the foundations for work on capturing, reading and writing sources in digital form, and using them for analytic and creative work.
- Getting Started with Graduate Research and Generic Skills
- Digital Humanities Institute
- Communities of Practice in Digital Scholarship
- Conceptual Introduction to Digital Arts and Humanities
- Humanities and New Technologies: Tools and Methodologies
- Teaching and Learning in Digital Humanities
- 12 months
Start dates & application deadlines
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DisciplinesArea & Cultural Studies View 3 other Masters in Area & Cultural Studies in Ireland
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- The entry requirement is an honours primary degree with a Second Class Honours Grade 1 (or equivalent) in any discipline.
- Candidates who hold an honours primary degree with a Second Class Honours Grade 2 will also be considered subject to the approval of the programme selection committee.
- Some applicants who do not fulfil the usual entry requirements may be invited for interview to satisfy the selection committee of their suitability for the programme.
- All applicants are required to comment on the following statement: please explain your interest in the MA in Digital Cultures. Briefly outline the narrative extent and analytic issues which you may be interested in as research topics for the MA Thesis. As this programme, requires engagement with digital tools for research, you should indicate your experience and aptitude for working with digital tools (750 words approximately).
International13000 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 13000 EUR for the full programme during 12 months.
EU/EEA6000 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 6000 EUR for the full programme during 12 months.
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