2019/20 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
COMM3715 Internet Policy
20 creditsClass Size: 54
Module manager: Dr Kristofer Erickson
Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable
Year running 2019/20
Module replacesCOMM3750 New Media and the Communications Industries
This module is not approved as a discovery module
ObjectivesThis module is designed to examine Internet policy and the changing regulatory, legal, and ethical frameworks surrounding new media. Over the course of the semester, you will cover a number of key contemporary policy issues and debates, including digital inclusion, accessibility, content regulation, privacy, security, copyright and digital piracy, free and open-source software production, and network neutrality. The aim is to introduce you to the key policy developments and debates in these areas while also providing you with the critical tools with which to analyse and normatively evaluate them.
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
1. Describe key aspects of the legal, ethical and regulatory frameworks relevant to new media.
2. Demonstrate understanding of key concepts and principles in internet policy and regulation.
3. Apply key concepts and principles in the analysis of current debates and issues relevant to new media policy.
4. Synthesise complex ideas in the form of an essay
This module examines the changing legal, ethical, and regulatory frameworks surrounding new media production, distribution, and consumption. It critically analyzes how industries and public authorities are responding to the policy issues and regulatory challenges new media presents and how they are seeking to influence its future direction and shape.
The module covers a number of key contemporary policy issues and debates, including digital inclusion, accessibility, content regulation, privacy, security, copyright and digital piracy, free and open-source production, and network neutrality.
The aim is to familiarize students with policy developments and debates in these areas while also providing them with the critical tools with which to analyze and normatively evaluate them.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||178.00|
|Total Contact hours||22.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||200.00|
Private studyPreparation for weekly lectures and seminars 55 hours
Preparation of the essay plan 40 hours
Weekly reflective writing 22 hours
Preparation of the assessed essay 60 hours
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackStudent progress is monitored by participation in seminars. The first assignment provides a key formative assessment opportunity and will allow student support to be provided in good time for the final essay submission.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Written Work||Essay plan 1 x 1,250 - 1,500 words||30.00|
|Essay||1 x 3,500 - 4,000 words||70.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||100.00|
Resit information: students are able to resit all components of the module: Students are able to submit a new essay or plan as required
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 08/10/2019
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