MDA10006: Innovation Cultures
This unit examines the relationship between science, technology and culture with a particular emphasis on  communications and screen-based technology. It draws on key theoretical paradigms such as: Disruptive Innovation (a theory commonly used in industry), Actor Network Theory, and Linguistic models to interrogate the idea that ‘we shape our tools, and thereafter our tools shape us’.  We look at computing, the printing press, cinema, mobile and cellular media, broadcast media, technical evolution, and participatory media. We also look at key innovations developed in Australia like the Cochlear Implant. This unit provides students with the historical context and critical perspective essential for further study and a more rounded learning experience. It also prepares you for a media landscape saturated with disruptive technologies. In this unit we both introduce and use social media technologies – this will eventually help you to promote your work. Innovation Cultures is convened by Belinda Barnet and offered both online and on campus.
At the completion of this unit students will have developed these generic skills:

  • Examine and identify the role of today’s media and media industries from a socio-historical perspective.
  • Construct and justify logical arguments about the relationship between science, technology and culture.
  • Critique received views through the application of key theoretical concepts.
  • Apply the critical distance and historical perspective necessary to anticipate future shifts in Science, Technology and Culture.
  • Develop skills as part of a learning community, commenting and thinking critically about the issues that surround Science, Technology and Culture
Innovation Cultures