Information and Communication Studies

Structured Elective in Information and Communication Studies

What is this Structured Elective about?

Information & Communication Studies helps us to make sense of a world in which every aspect of human experience is affected by digital technology, media, and information in all formats. From “fake news” to online learning, the way we live, learn, work, make decisions, communicate and socialise have been transformed in the digital revolution. This structured elective comprises a collection of modules that are designed to provide a foundational understanding and appreciation of the role that information, communication, digitisation and social media play in all aspects of life and society, in addition to introducing  a range of academic and critical thinking competencies and practical skills, including digital literacy and information management skills.

Why should I take this Structured Elective?

The structured elective in Information & Communication Studies enables you to expand your learning by choosing a combination of modules that explore the theoretical and conceptual basis of the digital society and the impact of modern media, including the social web, on professional, social and everyday information behaviour. It will give you the opportunity to analyse the interplay of people, information, technology and social structures, and help to make sense of the societal, cultural, political, ethical and economic effects of the digital revolution. Your awareness and understanding of your personal experience of digital transformation will be enhanced by relating the themes and topics discussed in class to events and encounters that have shaped your own life.

How would this Structured Elective benefit me?

    • In order to earn this Structured Elective you must take the specified modules in or after 2020/21.
    • To receive this Structured Elective you must take the required modules as Elective modules and not as Core or Option modules.
    • You can choose any three modules from the selection available to achieve the required credits for this Structured Elective. You can complete these in any order you want at any time point throughout your time within UCD.
    • No guarantee is given to you that it will be possible to take 15 credits from the outset, this will depend on module places being available and on the exigencies of the timetable.
    • Select three modules from the list below:

Digital transformation permeates all aspects of life, including education, work, leisure and civic engagement. To fully understand the impact of digitisation on people and society, critical analysis is essential. For example, the effects of developments such as social media and artificial intelligence on the human experience are only partly understood, although their impact is significant. This structured elective will introduce you to the origins, applications and effects of these phenomena, and help to increase your understanding and management of digital technologies and media in areas of your own life. You will also develop a foundational understanding of the relevance and application of academic knowledge to the real world and the skills to communicate information to both specialist and non-specialist audiences.

How do I take the modules in this Structured Elective?

  • In order to earn this Structured Elective you must take the specified modules in or after 2020/21.
  • To receive this Structured Elective you must take the required modules as Elective modules and not as Core or Option modules.
  • You can choose any three modules from the selection available to achieve the required credits for this Structured Elective. You can complete these in any order you want at any time point throughout your time within UCD.
  • No guarantee is given to you that it will be possible to take 15 credits from the outset, this will depend on module places being available and on the exigencies of the timetable.
  • Select three modules from the list below:
Module CodeModule TitleCredits
IS10010  Information & Social Media
IS20010 DigiComp
IS20020  Information Modelling
IS20130 Social Studies of ICTs
IS10040 Info Society & Culture
IS20110  DigiLife
IS30370  Information Ethics 
IS30350 The Digital Self
IS30450  Artificial intelligence