Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC3135: Platform Politics: Power, Technology and the Circuits of Social Struggle

This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.

Please note that this module is only delivered on the Penryn Campus.

Module Aims

This module aims to introduce students to a range of social scientific literature on technology and politics. It will also teach students how to write a professional report for a think tank or NGO.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here – you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. Demonstrate knowledge of the intersection of politics and technology through lectures, class discussion and submitted coursework;
2. Demonstrate knowledge of how technology is affected by issues of race, class, gender and other relations of power
Discipline-Specific Skills3. Assimilate taught materials and utilise them to analyse different forms of written texts;
4. Demonstrate knowledge of major theories of technology and understand them in their historical context;
Personal and Key Skills5. Research and write analytical essays;
6. Formulate opinions and be able to summarise material in briefing papers; and
7. Communicate arguments effectively through short reports.