How does the digitisation and mass distribution of creative work affect intellectual property rights? In what ways can digital technnology regulations evolve to better protect individuals and organisations from identity fraud or security breaches?
Technology has become an important issue in almost every area of national and international law practice. Today, people are constantly confronted with concerns of privacy, personal data protection, cybercrime and cybersecurity. New uses for technology are often developing more rapidly than the law itself, creating interesting challenges for legal professionals and scholars. This programme will equip you with both theoretical knowledge and professional skills necessary to thrive in an interdisciplinary, global environment.
As a student of the Law and Digital Technologies programme, you will benefit from:
More reasons to study Law and Digital Technologies
Are you interested in learning more about complex legal and regulatory issues related to the development and convergence of digital technologies? Law and Digital Technologies is a focused and demanding postgraduate programme that will foster your knowledge of this ever-growing field. It is aimed at both legal professionals and top graduates who wish to acquire in-depth knowledge of law and digital technologies from an international and multidisciplinary perspective.
MA English Language Teaching and Digital Technologies is a distinctive part-time, distance learning programme that allows you, as a practising teacher, to develop your disciplinary expertise in the areas of language education and technology-enhanced education.
Designed to support your professional development, you can study at the same time as working and apply what you learn directly to your particular teaching context.
The programme enables you to acquire an in-depth, specialist knowledge and a mastery of techniques relevant to the teaching of the English Language with a specific focus on digital technologies.
You will critically and creatively evaluate current issues, research and advanced scholarship in the field of technology and English Language learning and teaching, and acquire a sophisticated understanding of concepts, information and techniques at the forefront of the discipline.
In your first year, you will examine the ways that teachers of foreign languages teach the skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking. You will also consider the theories that underpin technology-enhanced learning and explore a variety of digital language learning and teaching tools.
You then expand upon this knowledge in your second year. We introduce you to key concepts and theories related to second language development and the factors and processes that contribute to the learning of languages. You will explore what it means to becomes proficient in a second language, and analyse language in terms of sounds, words, grammar and discourse.
Throughout your studies, you will develop the knowledge and skills to enable you to carry out a small-scale piece of research related to your own interests within language learning and digital technology. You’ll submit this dissertation by the end of the programme.
We deliver this programme at a distance. You will receive a podcast and written notes, including tasks for discussion, for the relevant theme of each unit of study and then discuss these themes in a one-hour, synchronous, text chat session online. You will then write a review of related reading and respond to the reviews written by the three or four other students in the group.
We assess your learning and understanding through essays, presentations, and a portfolio of language analysis work. We supervise your dissertation by e-mail, skype, or online chat sessions.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.
Digital Direction is a new 240-credit, 15-month Master’s programme starting in September 2017.
Digital Direction addresses media and storytelling in the digital era, assessing emerging issues associated with contemporary digital communication and the creative economy, training new creative leaders who are responsive to continually changing contexts, infrastructures and technologies and engendering a new wave of creative leadership. Graduates will develop a deep understanding of critical and experimental communication/media production, creation and design practices, and through applied innovation will address current and future contexts.
The programme prepares students to evolve and lead new approaches to media and storytelling through predictive innovation, enabled by rapidly changing cultural and industrial practices, plus uses of, and developments in, digital technologies. Centring on the interrelated domains of broadcasting, film and experience/brand, the programme addresses knowledge and skills gaps in four key areas of practice: production, direction, content development/making/writing and communication/digital media design.
The programme proposes new imperatives for storytelling in an age of alternative facts and fictions; challenges associated with multiple media forms and systems; and methods for engaging publics as audiences, users, consumers, (co-)creators, stakeholders and participants.
Established approaches to production, direction, content creation and communication/digital media design are transforming at an exponential rate, employing innovative forms of storytelling and narrative experience to engage audiences in new ways. The programme is informed by associated transformations in digital technologies, including the prevalence of post-broadcast models of On Demand media; the proliferation of networked forms of production and distribution; source- and platform-agnostic, multi-cast, multi-access and multi-layered, multi-linear media; cultures of openness and control; and the primacy of interactivity.
The programme acknowledges human adaptations to living with digital technologies. Contemporary media platforms are mobile, embedded in multiple types of environments, infrastructures and products, and user-controlled with an engagement in more democratic forms of content generation and curation. In parallel, core discrete professions within the media and communication design industries are being challenged and broadened by increasingly transdisciplinary requirements. .
The programme equips students with the knowledge, understanding and skills to engage productively with the creative, design and commercial demands of this emerging and rapidly evolving multi-platform and multi-layered world. To match, a transdisciplinary approach is demanded with a strong narrative sense and a honed instinct for communication. Our contemporary uses of new digital technologies have prompted a reconsideration of communication borders and different types of responsive modes; and content developers and distributors are, in turn, converging within an increasingly fluid space.
Traditional skill sets involving narration, scriptwriting, production design, direction, set design, casting, photography, filming, lighting, and sound recording, for example, are now increasingly accompanied and informed by hitherto unrelated practices such as coding and programming, interactive design, AI, cross-platform and cross-media integration (e.g. transmedia), data visualisation and analytics, visual design, gamification, virtual/augmented reality and social media. Digital Direction addresses the demands of this new world – for example, by enabling designer-directors to produce and create content for social videos with an accompanying strategy for ensuring delivery to their target audiences, including deployment of mechanisms for openness and input.
The programme draws on six key principles from the School of Communication – conceptualisation, experimentation, expression, information, contextualisation and interdisciplinarity – which are in turn supported and developed through strategic research clusters based on the broader themes of identity, experience and publishing.