University College for Interdisciplinary Learning

Digital Society

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"You affect the world by what you browse" Tim Berners-Lee (Inventor of the World Wide Web).

As citizens of a networked world, our access to information has never been greater but what are the implications for individuals and societies when we live so much of our life online?

Through a mix of online learning and workshops, you will explore these issues, covering topics such as your digital footprint, ethics in the online world, and the impact of digital and mobile technology on business and marketing. We will investigate how creativity is integrated in and affected by digital and explore the social and cultural implications and realities of varying access to the internet.

Using digital media to share your findings, you will take a critical look at your own digital identity to influence how the world perceives you online. You will develop skills and understanding of social media and other platforms, giving you influence and insight in your personal, academic and professional life. Acquiring the expertise to communicate in this digital society will be invaluable in your future endeavours.

Assessment and coursework will focus on your exploration and understanding of the theory behind the changing landscape of the online and digital world and on a practical application of the same to real-world examples.

For Digital Society, we use Medium a public writing/blogging platform for learning content and discussions. All the information and support is held in Medium and you will contribute to the development of the unit materials with your comments, thoughts and assessed coursework. You will be a writer for an online publication on 'Digital Society' with over 100 stories.


Dave Hirst

Chris Millson

Course structure

  • Level: 2
  • Credit Load: 10
  • School/s: University of Manchester Library


  1. Identify an individual or organisation with a public online presence and critically analyse their communications through one or more platforms e.g. website, twitter feed (10%)
  2. Using the Pecha Kucha format address the opportunities and challenges facing an organisation or sector using digital media and technology (30%)
  3. Using one or more themes explored in the course unit as a guide, write a post of 1500 words in which you critically examine the implications of living in a digital world, including (around 500 words) a reflection on how you have developed through exploring these themes (60%)

Learning outcomes

  • Understand the key concepts of a 'digital society', the ethics of online information use and the skills needed to be effective and successful digital scholars and citizens
  • Think critically about information, practice self-reflection and collaborate across disciplines
  • Make use of your existing knowledge and that of peers to solve and confront new challenges
  • Find, evaluate and share information online, understand issues of intellectual property and apply learning to other aspects of academic, personal and professional life
  • Use the internet and social media to develop your communication skills, share information and develop your online profile


This course is only open to undergraduate students.

University College course units are available to take on programmes which have 'free choice' options available to them, (i.e. programmes which allow you, as part of the degree programme, to take a number of credits from subject areas outside of your home school). As these courses are credit bearing, you must enrol by following the standard procedure for your school when adding units outside of your home school.

If you are not sure whether you will be able to enrol in University College courses, please contact your School Undergraduate Office to find out whether these options are available for your degree programme.


1-12Monday14:00 - 16:00Lecture

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