ASOA15111U The ABC of Digital Lives: Algorithms, Bots, and Community (SUMMER 2022)
Course package (MSc 2015):
Knowledge, organisation and politics
Culture, lifestyle and everyday life
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.
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
Readings are comprised primarily of peer-reviewed journal articles. All other materials will be provided through Absalon.
- Class discussions
- Student presentations
- Class Instruction
- 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.
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.
- Exam registration requirements
You need to be signed up for the course to attend the exam
- All aids allowed
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
- Exam period
Find more information on your study page at KUnet.
Exchange students and Danish full degree guest students please see the homepage of Sociology;
www.sociology.ku.dk under Education --> Exams
Written take-home essay with NEW formulated questions
Criteria for exam assesment
Please see the learning outcome.
- Course code
- 7,5 ECTS
- BachelorBachelor choice,Full Degree Master,Full Degree Master choice
- 1 semester
- Summer School 2022
Expected schedule TBA
- Course capacity
- Vejl. 40 personer
- Study board
- Department of Sociology, Study Council
- Department of Sociology
- Faculty of Social Sciences
- Friedolin Merhout (8-6a7169766c73797844777367326f7932686f)
Friedolin Merhout, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org