0849 Internet and Social Change

0849 Internet and Social Change

  • Study programme and level: Professional degree programme Administration 1nd Cycle
  • 2nd or 3th year
  • 6 ECTS
  • Course type: Elective
  • Lectures: 30
  • Other forms of study: 90
  • Individual work: 60
  • Lecturer: Dalibor Stanimirović, PhD

 

1. Objectives and competences

Objectives
Students:

  • Understand the basic characteristics of information technology revolution and its contextual role within the information society and globalization flows.
  • Get familiar with 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.
  • Get familiar with internet technologies and understands concepts such as: social networks, virtual environment, virtual communities, social capital, participation, digital divide, etc.
  • Critically evaluate the dynamics of internet-induced social changes in the socio-economic, cultural and political field.
  • Critically evaluate the opportunities and threats offered by internet technologies in the context of sustainable social development.

Competences
Students:

  • Ability to understand 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.
  • Ability 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 analyse 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 200 str.
  • DiMaggio, Paul, Hargittai, Eszter, Neuman, Russell W., Robinson, John P. (2001). Social implications of the Internet. Annual Review of Sociology. Št. 27, str. 307-336.
  • Kling, Rob (2000). Learning About Information Technologies and Social Change: The Contribution of Social Informatics. The Information Society: An International Journal. Let. 16, št. 3, str. 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.  Let. 46, št. 9, str. 121-128.

4. Intended learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding:

  • Students are able to present the dimensions of information technology revolution
  • Students are able to evaluate the role of information technology revolution within the information society development.
  • Students are able to critically analyse and evaluate the different theoretical concepts, which define the relationship between technology and society.
  • Students are able to critically analyse 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.
  • Students are able to critically evaluate the opportunities and threats offered by internet technologies in the context of sustainable social development.

5. Learning and teaching methods

  • student preparations for lectures
  • lecture
  • case study
  • problem based learning
  • seminar paper

6. Assessment

Type (examination, oral, coursework, project):

  • written and/or oral exam and/or exam passed with two partial exams »kolokvij« (60%)
  • seminar paper (40%)