HFMA03141U FM, Module 2: Social Media and forms of Political Participation

Volume 2014/2015
Master in Film and Media Studies

In recent years social media as a tool for political participation have become a broad interest across disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. Events such as the 'Green Revolution' in Iran and the 'Arab Spring' show that social media are more than a tool for entertainment. But what exactly is the role of social media in participation and civic engagement? This course will deal with the more optimistic claims about the democratic potential of social media as well as the more pessimistic opinions that this potential is overrated.

This course aims to find out about the debated participatory potential of social media in different political contexts and cases and will pay special attention to the younger generation of users. At the end of this course students will be able to assess the possibilities of participation for users of social media in political events in a critical manner. Doing so, they will learn to engage critically with the relevant literature and to examine different cases and forms of political events as well as their forms of organization, objectives and actual success.

Learning Outcome

Master in Film- and Media Studies, The 2013 Curriculum:

Module 2: Culture, genres and aesthetics: HFMK03021E
Module 7: Optional Subject 1: HFMK03131E
Module 7: Optional Subject 2: HFMK03141E
Module 7: Optional Subject 3: HFMK03151E
Module 7: Optional Subject 4: HFMK03161E

Curriculum for Master's Programme in Media Studies, The 2008 Curriculum:
Module 3: Media, aesthetics and genres: HMEK03131E
Module 8: Optional Subject 1:HMEK03191E
Module 8: Optional Subject 1: HMEK03201E
Module 8: Optional Subject 2: HMEK03211E
Module 8: Optional Subject 2: HMEK03221E

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 42
  • Preparation
  • 367,5
  • Total
  • 409,5
Type of assessment
The exam will be conducted in English
Criteria for exam assesment