Skip to main content


Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SOC2122: Digital Society

This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics: 

  • The role of information technology, networks, data and algorithms in society
  • Key issues from interdisciplinary literature such as Internet studies, software studies, data studies, algorithm studies, platform studies, information infrastructures and digital sociology.
    For example, key issues might include: the politics of social media, surveillance, scoring, rankings, classifications, infrastructures, standards, protocols, affordances, profiling, prediction, analytics search, retrieval, blackboxes, crowdsourcing and the gig, sharing and digital economies
  • Challenges and opportunities for digital social science and digital sociology scholarship
  • Analysis of real-world cases and issues in the light of key theoretical frameworks
  • Introduction to systems design problems and techniques

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching activity2211 x 2 hour weekly lectures / seminars (or 1 hour lectures + 1 hour seminars)
Guided independent study70Module reading
Guided independent study58Research and writing for group report and individual essay

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).