849 Internet and Social Change

849 Internet and social change

  • Study programme and level: Professional degree programme Administration 1nd Cycle
  • 2nd or 3th year
  • 6 ECTS
  • Course type: Elective
  • Lectures: 20
  • Other forms of study: 70
  • Individual work: 90
  • Lecturer: Dalibor Stanimirović, PhD

1. Objectives and competences

The aims:

  • student is familiar with the basic characteristics of information technology revolution and its contextual role within the information society and globalization flows
  • student is able to manage a variety of theories which define the relationship and the correlation between technology and social change and critically evaluate the concept of information society from different perspectives
  • student is familiar with internet technologies and understands concepts such as: social networks, virtual environment, virtual communities, social capital, participation, digital divide, etc.
  • student is able to identify and critically evaluate the dynamics of internet-induced social changes in the socio-economic, cultural and political field
  • student is able to identify and critically evaluate the opportunities and threats offered by internet technologies in the context of sustainable social development


  • understanding the dimensions of information technology revolution and the concept of information society and their mutual relations
  • ability to critically assess the effects of information technology factors on social change
  • capacity for critical analysis and evaluation of different theoretical concepts which define the relationship between technology and society
  • ability to understand and evaluate the role of internet technologies and New media in the field of local and global social development
  • ability to critically analyze the changed socio-economic, cultural and political paradigms within the information society and their role in public and private sphere

2. Content

  • Description of the main characteristics of information technology revolution
  • Globalization and the Information Society
  • Review of the development of internet technologies
  • Theoretical aspects of the relationship between technology and society
  • Interactivity, computer-mediated communication (CMC) and New Media
  • New economy - the impact of internet on economy, entrepreneurship and development of new business models
  • Internet and institutional aspect of the  public administration and public sector performance (e-government, e-health, e-social care, …)
  • The impact of the internet on interpersonal relationships and identity of individuals, groups and society
  • The security of business, crime and control on the internet (personal data, intellectual property rights, copyright, …)
  • The accessibility, digital divide and censorship on the internet
  • The formation and development of internet social networks and virtual communities
  • Effects of internet on political aspects of social system and development of political activism (e-democracy, e-participation, e-elections etc.).


3. Readings

  • Castells, Manuel (2009). The Rise of the Network Society: The Information Age: Economy, Society, and Culture. Volume I (Information Age Series). Izbrana poglavja 500 str.
  • DiMaggio, Paul, Hargittai, Eszter, Neuman, Russell W., Robinson, John P. (2001). Social implications of the Internet. Annual Review of Sociology; 27, pp. 307-336.
  • Kling, Rob (2000). Learning About Information Technologies and Social Change: The Contribution of Social Informatics. The Information Society: An International Journal. Volume 16, Issue 3, pp. 217-232.
  • Anttiroiko, Ari-Veikko (2003). Building strong e-democracy: the role of technology in developing democracy for the information age, Communications of the ACM.  Volume 46, Issue 9, pp. 121-128.

4. Intended learning outcomes

The student knows the dimensions of information technology revolution and its role within the information society development. The student understands and is able to critically analyze and evaluate the implications of internet technologies on socio-economic, cultural and political aspects of everyday life and social development at both local and global levels.

5. Learning and teaching methods

  • lecture
  • case study
  • seminar work
  • presentation of the seminar work

6. Assessment

  • written or oral exam (50%)
  • seminar work and oral presentation (50%)