Digital Sociology


This Level 8 module considers the way in which people's lives are inter-twined with the `digital revolution from a sociological perspective.


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with:(i) an introduction to a sociological analysis of digital life; (ii) an understanding of the impact of digital life on various everyday practices; (iii) an understanding of the above in relation to identities within digital society.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between digital technologies and everyday practices and routines.

2.  Assess the sociological significance of various digital involvements in relation to identity.

3.  Explain the significance and impact of digital systems on social systems such as trust.

Indicative Content

1 Everyday Digital Life

This aspect of the module focuses on the sociological significance of the incorporation of digital technology within everyday practices. Examples of such practices include: shopping and consumption, education, and games and entertainment.

2 The Digital Self

This aspect of the module considers the use and impact of digital technology on the ways in which online identities are fashioned, primarily through the use of social media.

3 Contemporary Issues

This aspect of the module considers controversial and/or contemporary issues such as: the (ab)use of 'big data', bots and the Turing Test, higher education and the 'University of Google', trust and reputation online, data-mapped selves.

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Teaching is through a mix of lectures (2 hour slot per week) and seminars (1 hour per week). classes offer students the opportunity to learn via a series of case studies that involve groupwork exercises. The course is assessed through the submission of a coursework assignment based on material covered in the first half of the module, and an examination at the end that covers the whole of the module. This module contributes to the development of the Abertay Graduate Attributes in terms of encouraging students to: develop a 'critical take' on the ubiquitous use of digital technology (Intellectual); work with others in seminars on exercises that encourage collaboration (Professional); reflect upon their own digital identities through the use of, for example, social media (Personal) and to consider the role of digital technology in relation to globalisation (Active Citizen).

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 24
Tutorial/Seminar 11
Supervised Practical Activity 0
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 30
Independent 135

Guidance notes

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2019/10 , and may be subject to change for future years.