Table of contents

  1. CS220SP
    1. CS220SP timetable
    2. Module description
    3. Assignment
      1. Brief and research domains
      2. Essay examples
    4. Syllabus

CS220SP timetable

Lecture: Wed 10–11am in 5A.106 (this will need to change to Thursday, TBC)
Seminar 1: Thu 12–1pm in 5A.118
Seminar 2: Thu 2–3pm CTC.2.02

Module description

This page expands on the university’s module descriptions.

The Module Director organizes weekly sessions for weeks 16–20 and 22–25. Each session consists of a one-hour lecture plus a one-hour seminar for discussion. The lectures are given by different experts on a specific topic linked to the module (e.g., digital heritage, social networks, gender inequality, video games and cybercrime).


Brief and research domains

Throughout the term, you will be asked to choose a research question from a given list (see below) and answer it in written form (i.e., in an essay). By your deadline, you will need to submit your essay using an accessible PDF file on FASER.

The list of research questions you must choose from for your essay:

  • How does social media impact self-representation and identity?
  • What is the importance of social networks?
  • Are digital technologies a threat to democracy?
  • To what extent do hackers represent a threat and/or an opportunity for democracy?
  • What is the relationship between open science and the democratization of e-knowledge?
  • How is AI impacting education?
  • Why does the digital world need to be gendered?
  • To what extent is online surveillance a ‘necessary evil’?
  • How can we use digital technologies to protect and promote human rights and justice?
  • What are the legal and political aspects of cybercrime?

Other research questions are possible, however will need to be discussed with the module director.

Essay examples




Week Presentation & Presenter
w16 Digital Technologies and Society (Dr. Krisztián Hofstädter)
w17 Digital Heritage (Dr. Holly A Maples)
w18 Filter Bubbles and Democracy – Using Social Network Analysis in Research (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 Navigating the Digital World: Parametric Design in Engineering, Art and Architecture (Arup)
w22 Cyber Crime and Darknet (Dr. Audrey Guinchard)
w23 Reading Week
w24 Video Games as Art (Dr. Matt Lodder)
w25 Artificial Intelligence and Big Data: the new frontiers of living in a digital world (Dr. Spyros Samothrakis)