Module title: Information, Communication and Society

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

Module code: JAC09113
Module leader: Alistair Duff
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Media and Screen
Prerequisites

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2019/0, 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: Alistair Duff
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & teaching methods including their alignment to Los
The module implements a standard face-to-face model of university-level LTA strategy, enhanced by apt usage of a Virtual Learning Environment and other information and communication technologies. A weekly lecture in which normally a fresh topic will be expounded, for example, ‘the right to know’ or ‘the political economy of communication’, is followed by a weekly one-hour tutorial featuring a wide range of learning activities, with appropriate formative feedback(LOs 1, 2, 3, 4). Tutorial discussions, a key method in this module, will enable you to develop your thinking so that you can perform well in the class debate and the end-of-term exam. (The benefits of student discussion as a university teaching strategy are fully articulated in S. Brookfield and S. Preskill’s Discussion as a Way of Teaching (Open University Press, 1999)). You can expect also expert guidance throughout most of the term on your freedom of information request, which can be on a topic that interests or affects you. There will be significant informational use of Moodle on this module, including the uploading of lecture slides.

Formative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

Summative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

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 162
Online Project Supervision 12
Face To Face Centrally Timetabled (Digital) Exam 2
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 25 2-4 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 750
Discussion/Participation 25 1-4 8 HOURS= 1, WORDS= 0
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 50 1,2,3,4 14 HOURS= 2, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

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; freedom of information and the ‘right to know’; the political public sphere; information regulation; the impact of the internet on journalism, democracy and society; opinion and the rise of ‘ePunditry’; 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; and preparing for the future by forecasting and ‘futurology’. 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:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
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.

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