IS40960 Digital Policy II

Academic Year 2023/2024

Technological innovation continues to bring new considerations to policy-making in our digital age. The pacing is incredibly rapid: Tech research, design, production, implementation and practice must be synthesised with economic, social and cultural considerations which in turn require evaluations of legality and human rights.

Following the policy development issues and processes examined in Digital Policy I, this module will further explore emergent policy issues presented by technological innovation. It will introduce methods for developing public policy that are democratically engaged, transparently developed, legally accountable, human rights proofed, and clearly communicated. Students will be provide opportunities to practice key public policy methods including research and analysis; options preparation and briefing drafting; and oral advocacy and strategic communications. Students will gain practical understanding of public policy processes and gain specific skills including researching, assessing, developing, drafting, delivering and defending public policy options.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

1. Demonstrate ability to critically research and synthesise literature for digital policy development processes.
2. Demonstrate ability to draft digital policy briefs that take into consideration technical, legal and human rights considerations.
3. Demonstrate ability to communicate strategically about digital policy options to parliamentary bodies and the public.

Indicative Module Content:

Drawing on the state of the art in social science, policy analysis, law, ethics, and design, this module will build on the a multidisciplinary introduction in Digital Policy I to current challenges, debates, and approaches to designing, implementing, and developing policy for different organisational and technological contexts.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning






Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
In-class discussion and presentations
Critical reading and writing
Desk research
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

Complietion of Digital Policy I is an asset but not a requirement.

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 presentation before hypothetical parliamentary committee
Unspecified n/a Graded Yes


Project: Policy methods review Unspecified n/a Graded Yes


Project: Policy brief setting out options for parliamentary consideration
Unspecified 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?

All assessment will be provided online in 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, 30, 31, 32, 33 Wed 14:00 - 15:50