Module details for 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.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 24
Tutorial/Seminar 11
Practical Activity 0
Assessment 30
Independent 135
Total 200

Guidance notes

SCQF Level - The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

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.


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