Curricular Unit:Code:
Social Media, Literacy and Digital Culture1151MSLC
1DoctorateCommunication Sciences10 ects
Learning Period:Language of Instruction:Total Hours:
Winter SemesterPortuguese/English130
Learning Outcomes of the Curricular Unit:
Mapping of the research field, in broad and multidisciplinary contexts, integrating and relating knowledge.
Knowledge and understanding of advanced theoretical texts about the impact of digital technologies on mediation processes, reflexively evaluating the transfers, interfaces, literacies and challenges created by digital platforms, virtual environments and forms of network communication.
Ability to communicate autonomous research results.
1. Transfers
1.1. From technical media to social media
1.2. From remediation to remix
2. Interfaces
2.1. From interaction to immersion
2.2. From software to artificial intelligence
3. Literacies
3.1. From collective intelligence to transmedia dynamics
3.2. From cinema to video games
4. Challenges
4.1. From digital archives to digital curation
4.2. From obsolescence to preservation
Demonstration of the Syllabus Coherence with the Curricular Unit's Objectives:
In order to ensure the understanding and subsequent application of theoretical knowledge articulated in the bibliography about the way digital technologies transform the media ecosystem and mediation processes, the program is divided into major themes: transfers, interfaces, literacies and challenges. These markers are progressively unfolded by critical and reflective analysis about the transition and evolution of concepts and practices that allow an updated understanding of the communication sciences.
Teaching Methodologies (Including Evaluation):
Theoretical classes, with exposition by the teacher, in a seminar regime, followed by debates and accompanied by tutorial classes.
Evaluation is done by the writing and eventual publication of an article/paper.
Demonstration of the Coherence between the Teaching Methodologies and the Learning Outcomes:
Attendance and participation in the debates imply the active participation of the students, leading to the integration of knowledge and its communication in different contexts.
Baptista Ferreira, G. (2018). Sociologia dos Novos Media. Covilhã: LabCom Books. (open access)
Grusin, R. A. (2015). Radical Mediation. Critical Inquiry, 42(1): 124-48. (b-on)
Jenkins, H. (2009). Media Education for the 21st Century. Cambridge: MIT Press. (open access)
Poepsel, M. (2018). Media, Society, Culture and You. Edwardsville: Southern Illinois University. (open access)
Reynolds, R. R.; Niedt, G. (2021). Essentials of Visual Interpretation. Routledge. (BFP)
Sebastian, D. (2013). Agency and Narrative in Video Games. De Gruyter (open access)
Simanowski, R. (2016). Digital Humanities and Digital Media: Conversations on Politics, Culture, Aesthetics and Literacy. Open Humanities Press. (open access)
Lecturer (* Responsible):
Francisco Mesquita (
Ricardo Pinto (
Rui Torres (