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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.).
- 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
- case study
- problem based learning
- seminar paper
Type (examination, oral, coursework, project):
- written and/or oral exam and/or exam passed with two partial exams »kolokvij« (60%)
- seminar paper (40%)