Undergraduate Module Descriptor
SOC3139: Social Media, Disinformation, and Authoritarianism
This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 academic year.
The intentions of this module are to critically assess social media from a social scientific perspective. How social media platforms enable, exacerbate, and profit from the spread of disinformation will be a key focus. Further, this module connects the spread of disinformation on social media to rising and emergent authoritarianism around the globe.
|On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:|
|Module-Specific Skills||1. Demonstrate extensive familiarity with the major social media platforms and how they operate to spread disinformation globally|
2. Show an advanced understanding of the impact of social media on different cultures
3. Display a critical awareness of the relationship between social media and politics
|Discipline-Specific Skills||4. Show an in-depth understanding of how qualitative social scientific approaches can be used to study digital sources|
5. Evaluate how social media platforms affect societies
|Personal and Key Skills||6. Communicate effectively in written and oral form|
7. Conduct specialised research on a topic and organize findings in written form in a compelling manner