The Politics of Digital Media

Module code: MS7061
Module co-ordinator: Dr Athina Karatzogianni

Module Outline

The module is designed to engage students with the use of new media in the global political arena by governments and international organizations, but also our focus is on NGOs, activists, social movements and dissidents attempting to recruit, organise and fund their operations through the use of ICTs. The module looks at the theories, the different approaches topolitics, sociopolitical movements and activism (and hacktivism), specifically in reference to the anti-globalization/global justice movement, the anti-war/peace movement and the various dissident movements against authoritarian and totalitarian governments around the world, for example the uprisings during the so called Arab Spring and organizations calling for transparency in government, such as WikiLeaks, Occupy and current anti-austerity movements.


  • 11 hours of lectures
  • 11 hours of seminars
  • 1 hour of tutorials
  • 127 hours of guided independent study


  • Essay, 3,000 words (100%)
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