IS10040 Information, Society, and Culture

Academic Year 2022/2023

This module introduces students to the general phenomenon of information creation, dissemination, and use in society, looking at historical perspectives and general trends. The module will examine key ideas about information and society and ask students to think critically about the social, cultural, political, economic, and technological aspects of the role and significance of information and information technologies in society.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to: 1. Demonstrate in essay form an understanding of the role and significance of information iand information technologies in contemporary society. 2. Identify current topics and historical trends in information and society. 3. Discuss the social, political, and cultural consequences of digital information.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours




Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Critical writing
In-class peer/group activities 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: Abstract/summary of what will be covered in final paper Unspecified n/a Graded No


Class Test: Open online test with short answer, multiple choice, and essay questions Unspecified n/a Graded Yes


Essay: Critical essay on topic related to course material Week 12 n/a Graded Yes


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Students will receive feedback on midterm exam and final paper after completion in Brightspace. Summary of paper can be submitted at any time from week 3 to week 9 and will receive feedback on approach.

Name Role
Ms Odile Dumbleton Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 32, 33 Mon 14:00 - 14:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Wed 16:00 - 16:50