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University of Glasgow: Digital Society
|Institution||University of Glasgow View institution profile|
|Department||School of Social & Political Sciences View department profile|
New digital technologies have become part of our lives in ways and with depths that would have been difficult to imagine two decades ago. The Digital Society MSc aims to respond to the needs of this fast-changing environment, by preparing social scientists who can critically and effectively engage with the realities and challenges of the digital era.
This Masters programme in Digital Society introduces students to the examination of how digital technologies permeate different aspects of social life, and how they become interconnected with the self, social relations, education, work and labour markets, cultural and institutional transformations, commerce and finance, health, security and a variety of other areas of social world. The programme will familiarise students with current debates informed by sociological theory and methodology, but also interdisciplinary approaches aimed at grasping the continuously deepening influence of digital technologies on our lives.
- This programme offers a set of core courses which consider the study of digital society in a comprehensive way which includes: theoretical understandings of digitalisation, methodological training and practical engagement with/investigation of socio-technical contexts.
- It enriches the students’ analytical capacity and develops their abilities to design and conduct research on topics related to digitalisation and to work with data collected and/or analysed through digital tools.
- This programme covers different substantive areas which are shaped by digital technologies, enabling you to focus in depth on certain topics or social fields which interest you (for example: digitalisation in culture, education, organisational contexts and interpersonal communication).
- It provides innovative and wide-ranging learning and teaching approaches from lectures and seminars, to project work, and field-based activities.
- The programme is taught by a team of specialists in sociology (The Sociology Subject Area) and draws on the expertise of interdisciplinary scholars in the field of digitalisation (The Glasgow Social and Digital Change Group).
You will take three core and three optional courses.
You may choose to conduct empirical research in an area of interest through a dissertation, or you may identify non-academic ways to understand and reflect on the experience of being directly and actively engaged with digitalisation in a practical project.
- DIGITAL SOCIETY: THEORY & SUBSTANTIVE ISSUES
- PRACTICING RESEARCH & WORKING WTIH DATA IN THE DIGITAL AGE
- THE LIVING LAB
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Students will have the opportunity to develop their critical thinking and analytical abilities by choosing optional courses within the Sociology Subject Area. Depending on their interests, they may opt for courses on race or class inequality, disability, gender relations, to name a few. Combining in depth knowledge on these sociological issues with the knowledge about processes of digitalisation and digital social research tools, will allow the development of well-informed research and socially aware practice in digital times.
You will need to take at least two courses from this list. One additional course may be chosen from other subjects within the School of Social & Political Sciences.
- A PUBLIC SOCIAL SCIENCE FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE.
- CLASS AND STRATIFICIATION
- GENDER RELATIONS (CONTEMPORARY CRITICAL APPROACHES)
- IMPROVING HEALTH AND SOCIETY: PROGRAMME DEVELOPMENT AND EVALUATION
- INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL THEORY FOR RESEARCHERS
- SEXUALITIES AND SOCIETY
- THE DISABLING SOCIETY
As students in this programme, you will gain a deep understanding of the ways in which technology is socially constructed, as well as how it shapes the practices of social actors, power relations and organisational structure. At the same time, you will have the chance to work hands on with novel technology in the Living Lab, both at the UOG’s smart campus and in industry-based internships. This is an excellent opportunity to immerse yourselves in environments strongly shaped by digitalisation, and to conduct research into socio-technical phenomena observed in these environments.
On completion of this programme, you will be equipped to apply your learning to a wide range of opportunities within the labour market.The knowledge and skills acquired in this MSc programme will place you in a favourable position to inform policy debate, but also to work in non-technical project management within the IT sector or other industries, in public administration, in commerce and tourism, in NGOs and community building, in digital marketing and advertising, in digital media offices.
University of Glasgow
School of Social & Political Sciences
The University of Glasgow’s School of Social & Political Sciences links core social science disciplines to deliver high-quality teaching and cutting-edge research. We offer a wide variety of programmes for those interested in the development and impact of economies and societies globally.
Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow is the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world. The University has a history of changing the world and the School of Social & Political Sciences is committed to nurturing the people who make it happen.
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