Transformations in Digital Cultures
Full course description
This course focuses on digitalisation and its transformations for our society and culture. Digitalisation, the process of integrating digital technologies into all areas of our lives, has produced new interfaces between society, culture and doing social research. The theoretical framework “techno-moral change” will be introduced at the beginning of the course. Within this framework we will discuss topics such as digital participation, gender and technology, body and brain visions, and future imaginaries of digital technologies.
Can we observe technomoral changes in the ways we deal with topics relevant for us as individuals (e.g. privacy, AI and body visions, gendering digital tools), as communities (political and cultural participation) or the environment (e.g. e-trash)? The method introduced in this module is the qualitative interview. Your task will be to conduct an interview in English to investigate techno-moral change in a specific area discussed in this course.
Introduction in digital cultures; introduction to the theoretical framework techno-moral change; introduction to social media and user practices as e.g. net activism and digital participation; introduction in problem based learning; introduction to qualitative interviewing.
Mager, A. & Katzenbach, C. (2021). Future imaginaries in the making and governing of digital technologies. New Media & Society, 23(2), 223-236.
Royakkers, L., Timmer, J., Kool, L., & van Est, R. (2018). Societal and Ethical Issues of Digitization. Ethics and Information Technology, 20(2), 127-142.
Swierstra, T. (2015). Identifying the normative challenges posed by technology’s ‘soft’ impacts. Etikk i praksis. Nordic Journal of Applied Ethics, 9(1), 5–20.
See course book for further required and recommended reading.