Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL2087: Digital Media and Politics

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 academic year.

Module Aims

This module aims to enable you to examine: the changing nature of political communication in the contemporary information environment; the emergent trends in findings regarding the role of new media platforms in political life; alternative and newer forms of political media and talk’ and theories which address the motivations behind online behaviour.

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. Understand the key debates regarding the effects of digital media on the political process
2. Demonstrate solid knowledge of ethical questions raised by new technological affordances
Discipline-Specific Skills3. Critically analyse primary and secondary source material
4. Understand political theory and models
5. Construct and present rigorous oral and written argument
Personal and Key Skills6. Develop critical thinking skills, particularly as it relates to evaluating empirical evidence
7. Develop writing skills to facilitate more powerful communication