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Kursusnavn (dansk):Digital Democratic Citizenship 
Kursusnavn (engelsk):Digital Democratic Citizenship 
Semester:Efterår 2015 
Udbydes under:cand.it., digital design og kommunikation (ddk) 
Omfang i ECTS:7,50 
Kursussprog:Engelsk 
Kursushjemmeside:https://learnit.itu.dk 
Min. antal deltagere:10 
Forventet antal deltagere:30 
Maks. antal deltagere:40 
Formelle forudsætninger:There are no formal prerequisites for being admitted to the course. 
Læringsmål:By the end of this course, the students should be able to:


apply their analytical thinking to critically dissect utopian and dystopian claims about digital democratic citizenship,


relate discussions about digital democratic citizenship to a larger historical context,


identify, evaluate, and apply different theoretical lenses on digital democratic citizenship,


refine their methodological skills to study digital democratic citizenship,


and individually identify a current and original research question and carry out an empirical study related to digital democratic citizenship based on the theories and methods discussed in class.

 
Fagligt indhold:Please note, that due to technical challenges, changes may occur before the start of the semester (week 35) – this applies to all sections of the course description.

Digital media technologies have been accompanied by a vast array of new media forms, such as social networking sites, blogs, micro-blogs, smartphone apps, image sharing services, and micro-movies. Ordinary citizens can make their voices heard and tell their own stories for mass distribution. They can join politicians, activists, advocacy groups, and media professionals in performing digital democratic citizenship. Many would argue that new media technologies reshape how we vote, protest, resist, deliberate, participate, organize, and manage our everyday lives as citizens in a democratic society.

In this course, we will explore these claims as we survey contemporary theories and statements about the impact of digital media on citizenship and democracy. Do digital media fundamentally alter the nature of democracy? How should we redefine democratic citizenship in a digital society? How can advocacy groups convey a message in novel ways? How do we make our voices heard in today’s over-mediated society? What problems do we face for a democracy at the intersection of user-generated content, big-data and surveillance? How do we have to rethink governance and business models based on data produced by citizens?

In order to answer these questions, we will explore the dynamics of digital media, democracy, and citizenship as well as how they have continually shaped and been shaped by one another. 
Læringsaktiviteter:14 ugers undervisning bestående af forelæsninger, øvelser og vejledning

We will discuss and explore the dynamics of digital media, democracy, and citizenship. You will respond to claims by journalists and media-makers about digital democratic citizenship, sharpen your analytical skills using theories of digital democratic citizenship, collect empirical data and, discuss the results in class and in writing. We will invite researchers of the Democracy and Citizenship in Digital Society (DECIDIS) initiative at the IT University of Copenhagen to present and discuss their research projects in the light of the issues discussed in class. 

Obligatoriske aktivititer:Activities
The mandatory course activities include two written assignments, and active participation in a presentation seminar.
Students are expected to come prepared to each lecture and actively engage in course activities in-class and specified week-to-week activities.

Feedback
The students will receive feedback to each written assignment and their project presentation. The written assignments, presentation and feedback can be used in the exam.

Be aware: The student will receive the grade NA (not approved) at the ordinary exam, if the mandatory activities are not approved and the student will use an exam attempt. 
Eksamensform og -beskrivelse:C: Skriftlige arbejder uden mundtlig eksamen., (7-scale, external exam)

C. Submission exam

The students are expected to submit a paper based on an independent research project including empirical work conducted during the semester.  

Litteratur udover forskningsartikler:tba 
 
Undervisere
Følgende personer underviser på kurset:
NavnStillingUndervisertypeIndsats (%)
Christina Neumayer Adjunkt(ITU) Kursusansvarlig 100
Julie Vulpuis Gregersen Hjælpelærer(ITU) Hjælpelærer 0