CS220 Modules at Essex

Robot students.

This page informs you about how to use this website for the CS220 modules run at the University of Essex’s Interdisciplinary Studies Centre (ISC) that resides in the School of Philosophy and Art History (SPAH).

In essence, there are two modules; CS220AU for the Autumn term and CS220SP for the Spring term. If your module code is CS220FY, then FY means ‘full’ and you enrolled in both, the AU and SP modules.

  • Module supervisor: Dr Krisztián Hofstädter
  • Any questions? Email: k.hofstadter[at]essex[dot]ac[dot]uk
  • Academic Support Hours (ASH): Fridays 2–3 in 6.144 (need to sign up via email)
  • URL link to this website can be found on the module’s Moodle page


Subject to change.

Week Focus
w2 Intro + digital identities (VR map)
w3 Websites, digital portfolio setup (GitHub, Markdown)
w4 Project management (APM for research)
w5 Content production (take/make)
w6 Self- and peer-assessment (presentations, group work)
w7 Guest talks (sustainability, Studio X, Essex REBEL, blogging TBC)
w8 Reading week
w9-11 Workshops
Week Presentation & Presenter
w16 Module Introduction and The Physicality of the Digital World (Dr. Krisztián Hofstädter)
w17 Digital Heritage (Dr. Paola Di Giuseppantonio Di Franco)
w18 Library (practical session in seminars) (Dr. Esther Wilkinson)
w19 Gendering the Digital World (Dr. Lisa Smith)
w20 The Hacker Ethic: Roots, history and techno-cultural ideology (Dr. Audrey Guinchard)
w21 TBC
w22 Cyber Crime and Darknet (Dr. Audrey Guinchard)
w23 Reading Week (no classes)
w24 TBC
w25 Artificial Intelligence and Big Data: the new frontiers of living in a digital world (Dr. Spyros Samothrakis)

The main differences between the AU and the SP modules

seminars/workshops mainly Kris (guests TBC) mainly guests (+ Kris sometimes)
length 2h seminars/workshops 1h lecture + 1h seminar
assessment form website PDF
research question more flexible less flexible

One difference between L4 and L5 submission is word count.

Module guides for more detail are in the AU portfolio template’s repository.

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Your cohorts

We have different skills.

There are first, second, third year and overseas students here.

Some of you study:

  • psychology
  • philosophy
  • media and digital culture
  • art history
  • European studies
  • criminology and American studies
  • global studies with business management
  • social change
  • modern history
  • sociology

Did I miss something?

What might be the advantages or disadvantages of having such a wide range of interests mixed into one class?

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