Cancelled The ABC of Digital Lives: Algorithms, Bots, and Community (SUMMER 2022)
Our contemporary lives are increasingly pervaded by digital
platforms whether they appear as distinct entities, such as TikTok
or Instagram, or as seamless extensions of our offline lives, such
as Airbnb or Wolt.
While early evangelists of the internet saw in these platforms the realization of the democratic ideal and culturally conservative pundits decried them as the downfall of civilization, it seems clear now that what these platforms mean for our societies and our digital lives depends on how they are designed and how we use them.
In this course, students will gain fundamental understandings of the principles underlying both the supply side–e.g. who designs platforms, for what purposes, and with what effects–and the demand side–e.g. what do people use the platforms for, how does their behavior interact with platform design.
After successful participation, students will be familiar with the fundamental sociological insights into digital platforms, people’s behaviors on these platforms, and how both affect our contemporary societies. This will enable them to be informed consumers and contributors to current debates on monitoring and regulation of digital platforms.
Course package (MSc 2015):
Knowledge, organisation and politics
Culture, lifestyle and everyday life
At the end of this course the students are able to:
- account for the origins and developments of the digital platforms pervading contemporary lives
- describe the influence of both demand- and supply-side
factors affecting the growth and pervasiveness of digital
- evaluate the potential societal impact of specific digital platforms and the regulations that govern them
- convey current debates
surrounding digital platforms to non-specialized
- transfer insights from existing digital platforms and regulations to emerging trends and interventions
- independently acquire further specialization to investigate novel developments surrounding digital platforms, their impact, and regulation
- Class discussions
- Student presentations
Readings are comprised primarily of peer-reviewed journal articles. All other materials will be provided through Absalon.
This is an introductory course requiring no prior qualifications beyond an interest in a critical approach to the role of digital platforms in our contemporary lives.
- Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
- Feedback by final exam (In addition to the grade)
- Structured feedback to student presentations
The final Registration deadline for Summer school is June
The ordinary deadlines for registration for Summer courses is December 1st and in the Post-registration period in January (See KUnet for specific dates).
If the course is full after above periods, it will NOT be offered for registration again, in the extra period for registration with deadline June 1st
Sociology- and anthropology Student:
Registration online at KUnet
International exchange students:
You must sign up by filling in an application form.
Find it at www.sociology.ku.dk.
Find more information at www.soc.ku.dk under Uddannelse - Meritstuderende.
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
Written examination, -Individual/group (max. 4 students).
Free written take-home essays are assignments for which students define and formulate a problem within the parameters of the course and based on an individual exam syllabus. The free written take-home essay must be no longer than 10 pages. For group assignments, an extra 5 pages is added per additional student. Further details for this exam form can be found in the Curriculum and in the General Guide to Examinations at KUnet.
- All aids allowed
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
Criteria for exam assessment
Please see the learning outcome.
- Class Instruction
- Course number
- 7,5 ECTS
- Programme level
Bachelor choiceFull Degree MasterFull Degree Master choice
Summer School 2022
Friday 10-12 + 13-15
- Vejl. 40 personer
- Department of Sociology, Study Council
- Department of Sociology
- Faculty of Social Sciences
- Friedolin Merhout (8-70776f7c72797f7e4a7d796d38757f386e75)
Friedolin Merhout, e-mail: email@example.com
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