Sociology and Criminology

Sociology in a Digital World (Spr)

Module code: L4080B
Level 5
15 credits in spring semester
Teaching method: Lecture, Seminar
Assessment modes: Coursework

This module looks at the social, cultural, political and economic aspects of globalisation. The module will examine the meaning and definition of globalisation and its history since premodern times to the present day. It will assess perspectives on globalisation from globalist to sceptical and at the critical theories of sociologists such as Bauman and Bourdieu. It will examine the growth of global media corporations and discuss whether these impose western cultural imperialism or if global culture is more heterogenous and hybrid because of globalisation. We will look at causes and patterns of migration and whether migration has the negative effects it is often portrayed as producing. The module will examine the experience of globalisation in global cities. We will assess whether the world economy has been globalised and globalisation is a solution to global inequality and poverty. The module will examine whether globalisation has eroded national democracy and autonomy and whether it leads to neoliberal policies being imposed on nation-states. We will discuss global social movements and global protest. We will assess the balance of global power between states such as the USA and China and at the future of war and conflict globally.

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of sociological and other perspectives on different aspects of digital societies
  • Critically explore debates about the impact of digital technologies on core sociological issues (race, gender, class, etc.)
  • Assimilate and evaluate evidence from studies of digital societies which is relevant to digital sociology
  • Make appropriate use of empirical data and theoretical work on digital societies to produce coherent and detailed written work for an academic audience