Thinking Media through the City (Birkbeck Teaching Award Talk)
Thinking Media through the City (Birkbeck Excellence in Teaching Award Talk)
Dr Scott Rodgers, Department of Film, Media and Cultural Studies at Birkbeck
This seminar offers some reflections on The Mediated City, an undergraduate module that encourages students to think about ‘media’ through their experiences of urban environments and urban living. The main focus of the seminar will be an alternative assessment which has been under development in recent years. Throughout the module, students build a blog-based compilation of ‘urban media’ examples that include text, photos, audio, video, maps and other elements. Particularly when they make use of mobile media technologies and techniques, students are effectively being asked to gather up the city and bring it back into the class setting for discussion and elaboration. We will consider the potentials and challenges of this learning method and assessment, and its connections with recent debates that suggest pedagogy should move both beyond the classroom setting and beyond representational knowledge narrowly conceived.