Information Society

Module code: 5MEST012W
Faculty: Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design 
Credit Level: 5
Credit value: 20
Available to: Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design students only, however students on some courses are unable to choose Westminster Electives  – see list of exemptions. Please note elective modules are subject to availability.

The aim of this module is to provide you with the intellectual skills to analyse the economic and political frameworks shaping the ‘Information Society’. The module engages with key public policy debates surrounding the rise of digital media and communication in relation to issues such as freedom of expression, privacy and copyright, as well as key debates that relate to the broader economic and political context of the information society.

The module will provide you with an introduction to Information Society studies and how to critically analyse media, knowledge, the economy, and policy in the Information Society. To enable you to critically engage with these debates, the module also provides a firm economic grounding, combining economic and policy analysis (with the former underpinning the latter). You will explore both mainstream and critical perspectives on the economics and politics of the Information Society and digital media. Other subjects covered include emerging commercial practices in online media; free culture and copyright politics; user data and privacy; children and digital literacy; and censorship and freedom of expression.

The module will be delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, and group and individual tutorials. Assessment is based on two key pieces of coursework – a 1,500-word academic essay, and a 2,000-word policy case study – as well as your participation in class.