Digital Histories, Objects and Processes (P5081)

30 credits, Level 4

Spring teaching

Digital Histories, Objects and Processes allows you to evaluate critical forms of digital media as they have emerged historically and appreciate the processes through which they have come into being, with reference to social, cultural and technological change.

The module adopts a media archaeological approach where the focus is on examining media artefacts and archives in order to understand what they tell us both about media history and the shape of contemporary digital media.

The aim of this module is to for you to gain an understanding, through research and critical analysis, of the ways in which digital histories can be understood and applied. The module also looks at alternative histories of the digital, such as those emerging in critical race and feminist digital studies.


33%: Lecture
67%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 117 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2022/23. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.