Postgraduate Module Descriptor

POLM158: Digital Politics and Policy

This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:

  • Communications theory
  • market developments
  • Twitterati and political opinion formation
  • Europe's Digital Single Market
  • Copyfighters
  • telecoms and connectivity
  • global internet governance
  • data protection and privacy
  • the dark web
  • fake news and disinformation
  • cybersecurity
  • Fintech

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities2211 x 2 hour weekly seminars
Guided independent study80Reading assignments
Guided independent study50Conducting research, preparing the methodology, analysing qualitative texts and writing
Guided independent study108Preparation for and completion of assigned essay
Guided independent study20Presentation preparation
Guided independent study20Written seminar paper preparation and completion

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).