Core Module Information
Module title: Information, Communication and Society

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: JAC09113
Module leader: Aleksandar Kocic
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Media and Humanities


Description of module content:

The module covers the main theories and issues of the information age. You will become familiar with topics such as: the nature of information; the ongoing ‘information technology revolution’; major theorists of the information society; critiques of the information society; how information, including news, flows through society; the political public sphere; information regulation; the impact of the internet on journalism, democracy and society; agenda-setting in the information age; privacy and surveillance; the digital divide and its challenge to ideals of social justice; major developments in intellectual property and the economics of information; the political economy of communication; national, European and global information institutions. Please note that, in light of the fast pace of developments in both theory and practice, this syllabus is subject to development.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Assess the main schools of thought in the literature on new media and the information society.
LO2: Discuss and debate key contemporary issues, such as privacy invasions, the digital divide, and the implications of technological and industrial convergence.
LO3: Apply current thinking to emerging challenges confronting professionals in a post-industrial information-based work-force.
LO4: Demonstrate academic research skills sufficient for preparation for honours studies.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2023/4, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Aleksandar Kocic
Module Organiser:

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 12
Face To Face Tutorial 12
Independent Learning Guided independent study 164
Online Project Supervision 12
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Discussion/Participation 50 1-4 12 HOURS= 01.00, WORDS= 0
Project - Written 50 1,2,3,4 14/15 HOURS= 02.00, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
JAC09113 Information, Communication and Society