IS41210 Platform Governance

Academic Year 2022/2023

The module is concerned with identifying and analysing digital platforms and the governance and policy issues they involve. In particular, while the early internet was a more or less anarchic space where users, companies, and public sector institutions were all operating in the same space, the shift towards platforms has carved this space between a set of increasingly powerful platforms owned by multinational corporations. Moreover, new entrants to the digital sphere often emulate the platform structure of these powerful actors. The internet, in its current form, is therefore ‘platformised’. What does this mean for the digital economy? For politics? For our social and cultural life? How can we approach the regulation of platforms? How much control should platforms themselves have? Is self regulation sustainable? The module approaches this question by looking at the various articulations of platforms and social, political and economic life, considering platforms as powerful socio-technical actors whose operations have far reaching implications for society.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completing this course students will:

1. Acquire a clear understanding of platforms as socio-technical systems
2. Identify the main tensions and dilemmas in platform governance and regulation
3. Critically analyse and evaluate different approaches to platform governance
4. Demonstrate a strong understanding of platform society
5. Understand the relationship between platforms and development

Indicative Module Content:

Understanding Platforms
Platform Society
Platform Economics
Platforms and Labour
Platforms and Cultural Production
Platform Infrastructures
Platforms and the Global South
Platform Users
Platform power and politics
Alternative Platforms

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning






Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures with integrated seminars
Peer to peer learning
Critical writing 
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 In Module Component Repeat Offered
Assignment: Two 1500-2000 word assignments. Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No



Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

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