What you will study
This module examines technology and society in relation to three core themes: individual and society, power and inequality and, people and things. These themes broadly correspond to the sociological ideas and real-life examples presented to you across the four blocks to the module, where you'll consider digital technologies using ideas developed in sociology. In these blocks you'll explore:
Block 1: Everyday Life and the Digital
This block begins by considering the ‘sociological imagination’, using examples of technology through history, you'll start to understand how the problems individuals face relates to wider issues in society. You'll learn and apply sociological ideas such as ‘The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life and Capital' to further explore how people relate to one another on social media.
Block 2: Society, Technology, Citizens, and Cities
You'll begin by thinking about what makes a city smart and go on to consider perspectives on technology, migration and transnational communities.
Block 3: Humans and Machines
This block looks at the issues to do with automation, artificial intelligence and agency. This will equip you with the ideas to consider the impacts of automation on individuals and society.
Block 4: Uses and Abuses of the Digital
In this final section, we introduce you to the idea of ‘social harm’ and present some issues related to environmental impacts of technology production, cybercrime and cyber security, misinformation, algorithms and inequality and, social media and mental health.
These topics will be illustrated using a range of audio, video, textbook and interactive materials.
Given the contemporary nature of this module, we want you to apply the ideas you learn to the situations you experience in everyday digital societies. This could include your experiences on social media platforms, interactions with online services and government institutions, or the interactions you might have with technology in your daily life.
This module gives you the opportunity to discuss these ideas and experiences through a range of VLE activities, workshops and assessments. You'll also be given skills and training to help you communicate your ideas and observations in both academic and professional settings.
This module will equip you with a range of transferable skills, such as communication skills, critical analysis, and team collaboration. You will also learn skills that allow the evaluation of research and this will prepare you for level three sociology modules.