People, Groups and Social Interactions

Module code: 6COSC014W
Faculty: Faculty of Science and Technology
Credit Level: 6
Credit value: 20
Available to: Faculty of Science and Technology 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.

This module provides you with an understanding of social interactions using internet and mobile communication technologies, and enables you to develop your online social behaviour through the course delivery. The syllabus covers a wide range of social interaction and communications issues, including communication technologies and social change; synchronous and asynchronous methods of communication (including netiquette and online behaviour); social networks; networked living (including interactive media and the consumer, consumer choice, and communication and data interactions); cyber cultures; and globalisation and the spread of social change. You will also explore a range of case studies to improve your understanding of the key concepts of social interactions, for example, examining developments using methods such as Wiki’s and Google Docs.

The nature of the course material means that you will undertake a participatory learning process using the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and commercially available platforms. Recorded lectures and other materials will be provided using the tools available from the VLE, supported by virtual classrooms using Blackboard Collaborate, and you will also engage in online tutorials consisting of discussions, debates and exercises based on student interaction. Assessment will focus on two pieces of written coursework which will require both individual independent research and teamwork.

This module will only be available from 2017/18 academic year.