IS40920 Digital Policy Issues & Trends

Academic Year 2023/2024

With support from Microsoft Ireland, the UCD Centre for Digital Policy is delivering a suite of educational programmes with the goal of building digital policy training and capacity in Ireland, Europe and beyond. The Professional Certificate will build on existing expertise and infrastructure across academic, government, industry and civil society organisations to address the increased demand for digital policy knowledge and skills among professionals working in industry, the public sector and civil society organisations. It provides a one term introduction to digital policy that will be aimed at individuals already working in these areas and also to those who want an introduction to key issues in digital policy. Prepared as a series of lectures, presentations from experts, and hands-on activities, this programme is entirely online for two hours a week.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

- Familiarity with the literatures and current debates on digital policy
- Understanding of the appliedy policy making and evaluation processes
- Knowledge of theoretical and empirical concepts to contemporary issues in digital policy

Indicative Module Content:

Drawing on the state of the art in social science, policy analysis, law, ethics, and design, this module will provide a multidisciplinary introduction to current challenges, debates, and approaches to designing, implementing, and developing policy for different organisational and technological contexts. Topics will include the policy process, current trends and issues in policy making, industry, academic, and civil society organisation perspectives. Module will include lectures, group discussions, and hands-on activities.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures; critical writing; in-class group/peer/individual 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
Presentation: Policy overview Varies over the Trimester n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale No


Project: Policy brief Unspecified n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale No


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

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Students will receive feedback on in-class assessments as they are completed. Individual policy essay/brief will receive feedback in Brightspace.

Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Online Learning Offering 1 Week(s) - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12 Wed 14:00 - 15:50