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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SPA3003: Data Justice and Surveillance Capitalism

This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 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 the following topics:

  1. Freedom and oppression in the Digital Society
  2. Sovereignty and Surveillance Capitalism
  3. Post-truth, social media, and Postcolonial Theory
  4. Ethnographies of Big Data.
  5. Dreams and Science in the digital sphere
  6. The Database of Dreams
  7. The Dream of Artificial Intelligence and its discontents
  8. Creative engagements with Data Justice in conflict scenarios.
  9. Participatory Action Research & Climate Change in a datafied society
  10. The ethics of Big Data and Data Justice: a critical perspective

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 Activities2211 x 2 hours per week comprising of lectures and seminars
Guided Independent Study4Guidance for case-study analysis
Guided Independent Study36Readings for seminars and tutorials
Guided Independent Study25Researching and writing essay
Guided Independent Study25Researching and writing the case study commentary

Online Resources

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

  • ELE – College to provide hyperlink to appropriate pages