Undergraduate Module Descriptor
SOC2122: Digital Society
This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 academic year.
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 Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching activity||22||11 x 2 hour weekly lectures / seminars (or 1 hour lectures + 1 hour seminars)|
|Guided independent study||70||Module reading|
|Guided independent study||58||Research and writing for group report and individual essay|
This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).