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Micro Perspectives on Digital Economy

Key information

Subject area:

Stackable Microcredentials

Course type:

Assessed Module

Credit level:


Credit value:



10 weeks

Available course dates:

From: 23 September 2024 To: 06 December 2024
Application deadline: 12 August 2024

From: 13 January 2025 To: 28 March 2025
Application deadline: 02 December 2024

Course overview

This module provides an introduction to what we mean by the digital economy. We look to the digital - be it a digital product, process or service - and make sense of how it has begun to change the nature of companies, communities, what we mean by crowds, and how this has in turn affected society at a broader level.

This module will draw on different theoretical ideas that will help us to understand how the use of digital has changed how we evaluate people, data, information, etc. Starting with the basics of what it means to be 'digital' we will journey through to how this can help to create resonance amongst people leading to community growth and end where we can see ecosystems growing with and because of digital artefacts.

This module will explore different theories of Commons Based Peer Production, Orders of Worth, Transaction Cost Theory and more. The module will equip you with the basic knowledge to develop and implement digital initiatives and to critically analyse existing innovation strategies. The ethics of digital creation will also be explored, particularly as these come into dialogue with technology-facilitated transformations in contemporary work and consumption practices.

What does this course cover?

The module aims to:

  • Build critical skills in order to understand and analyse different micro level theories of digital change, digital products and digital business models.
  • Develop a scholarly discussion about digital artefacts such as open source software, and their implications at the community, company, company and community and finally, ecosystem levels.
  • Enhance and deepen understanding about how digital products, services and processes affect and change our society through community level movements.

What will I achieve?

At the end of the module you will have achieved the following:

  • Enhance critical skills of evaluating scholarship and offer alternative explanations
  • Develop the ability to compare and contrast different theoretical perspectives on digital production
  • Be able to analyse and evaluate different models of digital production to assess the best context.

Who will I learn with?

Orçun Can

Orçun Can

Lecturer in Digital Economy

Nick Srnicek

Nick Srnicek

Senior Lecturer in Digital Economy

Who is this for?

T​he standard entry requirements comprise:

  • A 2:2 honours degree or international equivalent 
  • A CV and personal statement outlining reasons for study  
  • English language at Band B (IELTS 7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in each skill).

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed via the following:

  • Group presentation = 25%
  • Participation =10%
  • 2,500 word essay = 65%.

What is the teaching schedule?

This is an online module that includes 4.5 hours of structured material per week, plus 1 hour of live webinars that you will be expected to attend. You should expect to spend approximately 20 hours per week on self-directed study.

Further information

This module is offered as part of our flexible master’s awards in Professional Development. The awards are one of the most flexible currently offered in the UK, providing the opportunity to study a range of modules from across King’s, both on-campus and online. Whether you are looking for a promotion or to retrain, you have come to the right place.

Designed for mature professionals juggling life and work commitments, our postgraduate awards will enable you to study at your own pace. In challenging financial times, you are also able to fund your studies module-by-module.

We will support you to select the right module diet that meets your objectives while ensuring that you are well prepared for success. We will also help you to build your professional network of peers from across our suite of CPD modules.

We can’t wait for you to continue your lifelong learning journey here at King’s

Course status:


Full fee £2078

International students £5543



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