Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL2087: Digital Media and Politics

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

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

The teaching program consists of 11 weeks of seminars in one term. There will be no lectures on this module. You are therefore expected to read extensively in preparation for class. The seminars will provide you with an opportunity to discuss a specific set of questions pertaining to the issues covered in the readings.

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:

-Selective exposure in online content

-Echo chambers and filter bubbles

-Facebook and Twitter as information mediums

-Fake new and misinformation

-Bots and trolls

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 & Teaching activities1811 x 1.5 hr seminars
Guided Independent Study78Reading assignments
Guided Independent Study24Preparation for exam
Guided Independent Study24Essay completion
Guided Independent Study6Preparation for presentation

Online Resources

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