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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Information Technology in Society
Module Code MG330
School DCUBS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Gary Sinclair
Semester 2: Gary Sinclair
Autumn: Gary Sinclair
Module TeachersArtemisa Jaramillo
Gary Sinclair
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

MG330 is a readings based and student-led module on the BSc Marketing Innovation and Technology degree. As a fourth year subject it aims to develop and apply students’ understanding of the societal structures in which technology develops and the implications of technological progress. It covers a variety of themes including (but not limited to) technological addiction, automation, surveillance and privacy, post-humanism and social justice. Ideological and political frameworks are explored to make sense of these thematic issues. Module aims: 1. To provide students with an understanding of theories of technology in society 2. To develop in students a capacity for critical reflection on technology and its place in society 3. To examine future applications of technology in society and the structures that need to be put in place to facilitate sustainable progress

Learning Outcomes

1. identify major social, political and cultural issues regarding information technology in everyday life.
2. assimilate, communicate and critique complex ideas concerning technological progress in a variety of contexts.
3. appreciate and critique the future challenges that are faced in the area of technological development.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24Various themes of IT in society
Directed learning30Case study reading/preparation
Group work24Preparation of case studies and class debate
Assignment Completion24background reading for essay
Directed learning30Preparation and revision
Total Workload: 132

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Differing ideologies and politics of IT

Captive technologies

Critiquing information technology.

Privacy and surveillance

Technology and social justice

IT and the post-human

IT Futures.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
AssignmentWeekly participation tasks20%n/a
AssignmentIndividual essays80%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Zuboff, S: 2019, The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power, Profile books,
  • Tegmar, M: 0, Life 3.0: Being Human in the age of Artificial Intelligence, Penguin Books, UK,
  • Castell, M: 2010, The Rise of the Network Society: Information Age: Economy, Society and Culture Volume One, 2nd Edition, Wiley Blackwell, Chichester,
Other Resources

30509, Website, BBC, 0, The Virtual Revolution, http://www.bbc.co.uk/virtualrevolution/, 30510, Television series, Charlie Brooker, 2011, Black Mirror, Channel 4/Netflix, Zeppotron and House of Tomorrow, 43061, Podcast, New York Times, 2020, Rabbit Hole, https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/rabbit-hole/id1507423923,
Programme or List of Programmes
BSSAOStudy Abroad (DCU Business School)
MINTBSc Marketing, Innovation & Technology
MINTIBSc Marketing, Innovation & Technology
Date of Last Revision21-SEP-11

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