Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL2119: Transformations of Social and Political Realities through Smartphones

This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 academic year.


NQF Level 5
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module will run during term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Sandra Kroger (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


Smartphones have truly changed the ways people look at themselves and at the world, and how the world looks at them; how they interact with each other as well as with governing institutions, service providers and businesses. They have changed the way politicians interact with their constituencies as well as how citizens organise themselves in political struggles. In this module we will look at some of the different ways in which smartphones transform political and social realities, and how these changes a situated within wider trends in digitalisation processes. ‘You do not need any prior knowledge or skills to take this module, apart from the ability and willingness to critically evaluate the way smartphones are transforming our lives and societies and to work constructively with another student in a small team when producing a podcast. This module is suitable for non-specialist students and is recommended for interdisciplinary pathways.

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