Data, Technology and Society 2401-OG-EN-DTaS
The dynamic development of technology in the last decades has a critical impact on the society, culture and politics. It effects the everyday lives of individuals and social institutions. Media companies and digital platforms are the main spaces of social interactions. Hence, data that we produce using technology are the crucial outcome that fuels the contemporary economy.
In such a manner, the course tackles two interrelated processes. Firstly, datafication is understood as the process of translating practices and agencies of individuals and social institutions into digital data that are produced, collected, stored, analyzed and commodified. Secondly, mediatization is the process of media-related social and cultural transformations.
Since the effects of these processes are visible in politics, culture and economy, they require a critical investigation to capture the changing relationship between humans and technology.
Total student workload
Learning outcomes - knowledge
Learning outcomes - skills
Learning outcomes - social competencies
Expository teaching methods
- participatory lecture
Exploratory teaching methods
- case study
1. You have to attend class. No matter what the reason is, you may skip only 2 meetings after the introduction class.
2. You have to be prepared, that is, be familiar with assigned readings and ready for the discussion. I don’t expect you’ll understand every assigned reading immediately, but I require that you’ll give a try.
3. Don’t raise your hand in class. I expect you to speak up when you have something interesting and contributing to say, but don’t speak over anyone and respect the opinions of others.
4. This is a media and communication course and you are expected to communicate and use digital media appropriately. Media misuse (texting, emailing) will rule you out of class.
5. You can contact me during my office hours (and by appointment) and via email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
1. Participation in the discussion (10 points): active class participation and familiarity with readings
2. Tasks and problems (10 points): active in-group participation in solving the practice-oriented case studies.
3. Essay (10): 5 pages long critical essay on one of the selected topics.
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Including but not limited to:
Couldry, Nick. (2000). The place of media power. Pilgrims and witnesses of the media age. London: Routledge.
Couldry, Nick. (2012). Media, society, world. Social theory and digital media practice. Cambridge: Polity.
Couldry, Nick, Ulises A. Mejias (2019). The cost of connection. Stanford: Stanford University Press
Lundby Knut. 2014. Mediatization of Communication. In: K. Lundby (Ed.) Mediatization of Communication. Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter Mouton.
Rainie, Lee, Wellman, Barry. (2012). Networked. The New Social Operating System. Cambridge: MIT Press
van Dijck, José (2013). The culture of connectivity. A critical history of social media. Oxford: Oxford University Press
Wojtkowski, Łukasz. (2017). The present tense of mediatization studies. Mediatization Studies, 1(1), 9-22.
Woolley, Samuel C., Howard, Philip N. Eds. (2019). Computational Propaganda. Political Parties, Politicians, and Political Manipulation on Social Media. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
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