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Digital Technologies and Emerging Media

The Digital Technologies and Emerging Media (DTEM) major takes a critical approach to the internet and participatory technologies. It draws from a broad tradition of communication and media studies research; social science disciplines including anthropology, psychology, sociology, and political science; and the humanities and fine arts.

The major is designed to encourage greater understanding, critical thinking, and analysis of emerging technologies such as the web, social media, mobile apps, video games, wearables, and the like, while also offering a number of production and writing classes. Students wishing to pursue engineering or digital production should augment the major with classes in computer science, visual arts, journalism, and new media and digital design.

Learning Outcomes

Through completion of a DTEM major, students will:

  • Be able to critically assess and analyze digital technologies and emerging media from multiple media perspectives, including cultural, economic, historical, philosophical, political, legal, psychological and sociological.
  • Learn practical applications of new media informed by theoretical understanding, and develop a reflective approach to their everyday mediated experiences.
  • Consider the ethical and social justice dimensions of digital communication technologies at local and global scales.
  • Evaluate and advance critical research in the digital context.

Ethics, Law and Policy Courses

  • COMC 4340/ COMM 3103: Freedom of Expression
  • COMC 3370/ COMM 3476: Ethical Issues in Media
  • COMC 3330/ COMM 3110: Peace, Justice and the Media 
  • COMC 3350/ COMM 3112: Media Law
  • COMC 3380/ COMM 3106: International Communication
  • DTEM 4440: Privacy and Surveillance
  • DTEM 4480/ COMM 4005: Digital Media and Public Responsibility
  • FITV 4570/ COMM 4001: Films of Moral Struggle