IS20130 Social Studies of ICTs

Academic Year 2023/2024

The module explores the Internet and its applications from a science and technology studies perspective. Topics include censorship, privacy, digital identities, tacit knowledge, and information ethics. The impact of social networking technologies on social structures, professional practices, and laws will also be discussed.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to
- Explain social studies of science and technology and its relevance in digital society
- Discuss the impact of social media on individuals, organisations, and society, including, but not limited to, issues such as censorship, cyberbullying, privacy, and digital identites
- Evaluate documentary evidence regarding the impact of ICTs on individuals, culture, community, and professional practices

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lecture; critical writing; in-class peer and groupwork 
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
Continuous Assessment: Assignments Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Project: Final essay; alternative formats such as podcast (approx. 8 mins) and video essay (approx. 8 mins) are also accepted Week 12 n/a Graded No


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?

Feedback on individual assessments via Brightspace.

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, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Thurs 16:00 - 17:50