IS40920 Digital Policy Issues & Trends

Academic Year 2022/2023

With support from Microsoft Ireland, UCD’s School of Information and Communication studies is establishing a suite of Digital Policy Programmes with the goal of building digital policy training and capacity in Ireland and Europe. The Professional Certificate will build on existing expertise and infrastructure across the University to address the increased demand for digital policy knowledge and skills among professionals working in industry and the public sector. This Professional Certificate in Digital Policy is a one-week intensive introduction to digital policy that will be aimed at individuals already working in the private sector, academia, and the public sector who want an introduction to key issues in digital policy. While there are modules in numerous universities that would be of interest, to date there are no formal training options that are offered in a format that would be suitable for working professionals. There will be academic lectures, presentations from industry, and hands-on activities.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

- Be familiar with the literatures and current debates on digital policy
- Understand and apply the policy making and evaluation processes
- Apply 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 and academic perspectives, and designing ethical policy. Module will include lectures, group discussions, and hands-on activities.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Lectures

25

Autonomous Student Learning

100

Total

125

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
Continuous Assessment: In class assessments Varies over the Trimester n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale No

50

Project: Policy paper or essay Unspecified n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale No

50


Carry forward of passed components
No
 
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.

Name Role
Ms Elizabeth Farries Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Niamh Kirk Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Eugenia Siapera Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Duncan Wallace Lecturer / Co-Lecturer