Digital Media and Society

COURSE INFORMATION

COURSE NAME

Digital Media and Society

Course Code

D1-27016

Course Type

Optional

Level of Course

Undergraduate

Year of Study

4th

Term

Winter

ECTS Credits

5

Name of Instructor

Dimitrios Vagianos

E-mail

-

Office Hours

Mondays 10am-12pm, and Thursdays, 12:30-14:30 pm, (Possible changes are announced in Compus (http://compus.uom.gr)

In-Classroom Study

3 hours per week

Out-of-Classroom Study

1 hour per week

Objective of the Course

At the end of this course, the students are expected to acquire knowledge of the key concepts and theories used to debate the merits of emerging media. Additionally, the course aims to provide a platform for students to engage and critically analyze the issues surrounding the multifaceted relationships between digital media and the society.

Prerequisites

None

Course Contents

This course surveys the rapid development of digital media – radio, television, Internet, video services, social networking sites and mobile technology. It focuses on their social diffusion and it analyzes the impact of these media on the news industry and more broadly on society, local and international politics. It aims to provide a platform for students to engage and critically analyze the issues surrounding the multifaceted relationships between digital media and the society.
The course lectures are divided in 3 sections: the Introductory lectures, the section of the ‘Public Sphere’ lectures and the Social Media lectures.

Recommended Readings

Mainly lecture notes and handouts distributed by the instructor

Further reading: Flew, T. (2008). New Media: An Introduction (3rd. Ed.). Melbourne: Oxford University Press.

More selected readings are linked on the compus (e-learning platform) course site of the University.

or

Lister Martin (2009). New media: a critical introduction (2nd. Ed.). Routledge

More selected readings are linked in the compus (e-learning platform) course site of the University, upon registration (http://compus.uom.gr)

Teaching Methods

Seminar

Assesment Methods

100% written assignment, 3000 words, presentation in class or to instructor’s office

Language of Instruction

English

Course Schedule

 

1. Week

Introduction to Digital Media

2. Week

Digital Media Culture

3. Week

The Rise of the Network Society

4. Week

Communication Power

5. Week

Networked Media

6. Week

Information and Democratic Society

7. Week

Social Movements in the Age of Internet

8. Week

The Digital Divide

9. Week

Privacy and Surveillance in the Networked Society

10.Week

Social Media and Social Networking

11.Week

Social Networks, Virtual Communities and Participatory Culture

12.Week

Social Media and Mobile Youth Culture