Department of Sociology

Syllabus for Media and Communication Studies: Internet, Social Media and Society

Medie- och kommunikationsvetenskap: Internet, sociala medier och samhälle

Syllabus

  • 7.5 credits
  • Course code: 2IV109
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Media and Communication Studies A1N
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
  • Established: 2012-01-26
  • Established by: The Department Board
  • Applies from: week 36, 2012
  • Entry requirements: A Bachelor's degree equivalent to a Swedish degree of at least 180 credits (i.e. three years of full-time studies), including at least 90 credits of studies in social sciences or a comparable field that qualifies for studies in Digital Media and Society.
  • Responsible department: Department of Informatics and Media

Decisions and guidelines

The course is offered in English.

Learning outcomes

The aim of this course is to deepen students knowledge of theories and approaches that deal with how
Internet and social media (blogs, microblogs, wikis, social networking sites, filesharing sites, user-generated
content sites, ect) shape society and are shaped by society and power structures at an advanced level. The
task is to advance students´critical reflection capacities about the kind of society we live in and about the
role of digital media in contemporary society.

Upon completion of the module, students should be able to:

  • systematically and critically discuss, evaluate, and reflect on the key issues, debates, principles, concepts, and theories of Internet Research;
  • employ and apply a wide range of concepts relating to Internet, social media and society;
  • demonstrate an understanding and an ethical and critical appreciation of the importance ot the Internet and social media in contemporary society;
  • use social media for disseminating journalistic information to the public and reflect on the journalistic use
  • of social media;
  • analyse and reflect on complex material in individual and group work;
  • plan manage and write independent reflective research papers;
  • systematically reflect on research literature;
  • demonstrate oral skills in presentation, discussions and constructive criticism.

Content

The course advances and deepens student's knowledge of key approaches that relate to a broad range of topics: social media theory, Critical Internet Studies, communication power, the political economy of the Internet, digital labour, digital democracy, online politics, Internet surveillance, virtual communities. The course provides deeper knowledge about and increased understanding of the power structures that shape the Internet, social media and contemporary society. The course prepares students for work as digital media researchers and digital media professionals.

Instruction

Lectures, tutoring and seminars.

Assessment

Active participation in all seminars and conducting the tasks given in an approved way. The students also write an individual final paper.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 36, 2012

  • Curran, James. Media and society : edited by James Curran.

    5th ed.: London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2010

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Curran, James; Fenton, Natalie; Freedman, Des Misunderstanding the Internet

    New York: Routledge, 2012

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Hacker, Kenneth L.; Dijk, Jan van Digital democracy : issues of theory and practice

    London: SAGE, 2000

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Fuchs, Christian Foundations of critical media and information studies

    Abingdon: Routledge, 2011

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Fuchs, Christian Internet and society : social theory in the information age

    New York: Routledge, 2008

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Lievrouw, Leah; Livingstone, Sonia Handbook of new media : social shaping and social consequences of ICTs

    Updated student ed.: London: Sage, 2006

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Fuchs, Christian Internet and surveillance : the challenges of Web 2.0 and social media

    London: Routledge, 2012

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Castells, Manuel Communication power

    New York: Oxford University Press, 2009

    Find in the library