University of Technology Sydney

54063 Code as Literacy, Commodity, Infrastructure

8cp; To comply with health advice from NSW Health, the planned delivery of this subject for Spring 2021 has been adjusted. Activities scheduled for campus until the 27th of August (inclusive) are being moved online. Timetabled activities for the remainder of the session will be held on campus only if the public health situation permits face-to-face learning in available teaching spaces. Please log into Canvas and monitor your UTS email for the latest advice concerning subject delivery and assessment information.
Requisite(s): 16 credit points of completed study in spk(s): MAJ10050 Digital and Social Media Major OR 16 credit points of completed study in spk(s): MAJ10038 Digital and Social Media OR 16 credit points of completed study in spk(s): MAJ10023 Information and Media major BAComm


This subject examines how data and algorithmic processes have impacted our everyday life and establishes basic code literacy for the students. Contemporary code formations are positioned in historical and theoretical contexts, and reflexively explored as languages through which humans and machines communicate with each other. Students form a personal perspective on code as a digital form of reading and writing that evolves throughout their professional lives as digital and social media practitioners, and articulate this perspective in a digital media form.

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