Technology and Social Change: Global Perspectives

Module code: MS7028
Module co-ordinator: Professor Thomas Tufte

Module Outline

The Internet has prompted fresh thinking about the social implications of technological change. What kind of communications revolution does it herald and what are the conceptual tools we need to understand it? These are central questions addressed by the module, which examines how the interaction of technological and cultural processes helps to explain power in the global system. It explores the new realm of virtual politics and the complexities of cultural exchange in the contemporary media and services era. Assessments are linked to a broader discussion of processes of globalization and the role of technology within them.


  • 22 hours of lectures
  • 11 hours of seminars
  • 6 hours of practical classes and workshops
  • 10 hours of tutorials
  • 8 hours of external visits
  • 93 hours of guided independent study


  • Essay, 3,000 words (100%)