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 Content

Syllabus Plan

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

  • Intro History of the Internet: Tech Utopia/Dystopia
  • Philosophies of Technology
  • Smart Cities
  • Platform Work
  • Food and Care
  • Reading Week
  • Digital Colonialism
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Digital Capitalism
  • Regulating Big Tech
  • Democracy and the Public Sphere

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 activities2010 x 2 hour seminars
Guided independent studies130Private study – students are expected to read suggested texts and make notes prior to seminar sessions. They are also expected to read widely to complete their coursework assignments. More specifically, students are expected to devote at least: 60 hours to directed reading; 6 hours to completing the formative research outline; 64 hours for completing the assignments.

Online Resources

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

ELE – https://vle.exeter.ac.uk/