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After completing the course, you will be able to:
- Understand and explain developments in digital culture and their influence on individuals and societies (analytical and critical thinking)
- Explain and critically evaluate technologically mediated sociality in the context of social media (analytical and critical thinking)
- Explain and critically evaluate societal and economic dimensions of digital culture (analytical and critical thinking)
- Identify and analyse a case study based on existing literature and present it in writing in a clear manner (analytical and critical thinking; creative thinking; writing skills)
- Understand and explain the basic principles of internet research ethics (digital skills)
This course makes use of Diggit Magazine
In the last decade or so, an entirely new online infrastructure – social media – has appeared, influencing activities and interactions both on an individual as well as societal level. This introductory course will examine social media from a technical, social, economic and cultural perspective. Through a discussion of the history of the Web, you will also gain a historical perspective to be able to better understand the nature of media today.
We will start by defining what ‘digital’ stands for, and then move on to discuss and analyse concrete cases with the help of literature. You will therefore get experience in applying academic literature to understand the world around you.
During the course we will focus specifically on sociality and social interaction as sociotechnical
phenomena, sociotechnical referring to the idea that we cannot separate the ‘social’ and the ‘technical’ from each other. This idea will become clear through concrete cases discussed during the course, one example being the algorithmic nature
of sociality on social media.
While the course focuses on social media, the content of the course will be more broadly applicable and give you tools and vocabulary to understand also other digital developments. The course is therefore interesting for both users and non-users of social media, and you are not required to start using social media if you belong to the latter group. One part of the course also deals with the specifics of online research ethics, which will be useful for you throughout your studies in Online Culture.