Everyday Digital: Generation, Life-Course and Expertise (X3400E)

15 credits, Level 5

Spring teaching

You will examine new thinking on how digital technologies have become part of everyday lives in ways that both create and solve everyday problems.

This module is interdisciplinary in scope and draws on cutting edge research from across digital sociology and the digital humanities.

In the first part of the module you will be introduced to key concepts for understanding social and technical change, digital culture and the history of technology in the everyday.

In the second part you will examine how digital technologies have shaped different stages of the lifecourse – from reproduction and childhood, to adulthood and elderly care.

The final part will reflect on areas where technology has significantly re-configured everyday, living including romantic relationships, health care and political engagement.


100%: Seminar


100%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 128 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.