Digital media, society & education

Open studies

Date: 06.09.2022 - 04.10.2022
: 75 € ( VAT 0 %)
: 26.08.2022
: English
: Matteo Stocchetti

1.     What's the scope of the course (in ECTS)?

The course is divided in 5 segments of 1 ects each. The whole course is worth 5 ects

 Type of course (level, specialisation, open course or other)

This is an introductory course (basic level) and in principle open (English fluency required)

2.     How many study places are there? (how many for students and how many can be offered through CL?)

Up to 20

3.     When will the course be held? Start and end date needed not just the period

Tuesdays, 6.9, 13.9, 20.9, 27.9 and 4.10, from 13:00 – 17:00

4.     Do you need prior knowledge/are there any eligibility criteria?

Fluency in English

 Contact details for the course coordinator (mail and phone)  [I am so not inclined to give my phone number…..]

 In your own words:

-What does the course cover?

In this course we will look at the relationship between digital media, society and education in Western democracies to understand the nature of the distinctive challenges associated with this relationship and the role of (higher) education in addressing them. More precisely, we will look at the affordances of new communication media, their impact on social cohesion, equality and social justice, and to the contribution of education in the effort to preserve freedom and democracy in our societies 

-Which concrete skills will the participants practice/develop?

Participants will learn 1) the main theories of society; 2) main theories of technology; 3) theories of democratic education and pedagogy; 4) apply these theories to the analysis of and response to specific issues associated to the impact of new media on society (e.g. disinformation, fake-news, etc) in education.

-What will the participants learn/become better at?

1) Understanding the complexity of issues that requires interdisciplinary expertise; 2) participating to the relevant debates concerning these issues; 3) engaging with these issues in formal education from a democratic standpoint; 4) developing personal and collective responses to the challenges that digital media pose for  the future of democracy.


-List questions that are raised/discussed during the course

The main learning goals of the course is to provide the conceptual tools to engage with and tentatively answer to the following questions:

·       What is meant by digitalization and mediatization?

·       What are the social forces that feeds and those that resist or oppose these important processes?

·       What are the social effects of digitalization and mediatization?

·       What is the impact of these processes on democracy?

·       What can be done in education to prepare future generations to deal with the transformations associated to these processes?

·       What are the grounds for a pedagogy that can effectively preserve democratic values in the digital?


5.     Which learning methods will be used?

Keep in mind that people who are looking to participate in continued education need detailed information so they can decide whether they can manage the course load. Sometimes this information is also crucial to convince their own manager.

Please consider at least these questions:
-Which teaching methods are used (e.g. lectures, individual/group work, project work)

Lectures, individual readings and a little of audiovisual

-How many hours/days does the course require?

The work load is about 5 ects or 133 hrs distributed on 5 weeks so about 26 hrs per week or a little more than 3 hrs a day.

-Are the sessions held on evenings/weekends/day time?

On Fridays, afternoon from 13:00 to 17:00

-Online/on campus or both? How much on contact teaching on campus? Are lectures recorded and made available afterwards?

Preferably on campus but no recordings.

-How is the course examination carried out - exam, learning diary, group work?

A test/quiz for each segment (1 ects each) and a short essay at the end of the course.


6.     Why should one take this course?
-Which societal challenge or topical question does the course cover?

This course addresses the social challenges associated to digitalization and mediatization and their response in formal education.

-What does taking the course support or open doors to?

A deeper understanding of the processes of digitalization and mediatization in Western, democratic societies supports a more effective formulation of educational and pedagogical interventions to make democracy sustainable also in the late digital age. It also supports more critical reflections and possibly interventions in the relevant debates.

-Does it offer concrete knowledge/skills required within that specific field today?

Yes, in a) social theories, b) theories of technology, c) democratic education and pedagogy.

-Is it an area going through a major shift at the moment?

Yes, two areas usually connected and usually referred to as the ‘digital revolution’ and the ‘crisis of democracy’.

-What development within this field does the course discuss?

The key elements of these processes, the relationship between them and the role of education in addressing the challenges to democracy.



7.     Target group: For whom is the course intended?

We want the target group to recognize themselves. Ideally you can imagine at least 2-3 personas (age, interest, profession, educational background, working full-time/part-time, looking for a new field/promotion, wants to try studying within higher ed).

The ideal target audiences are: young adults with an interest in intellectual work and publishing in the profession of journalism, reportage, education but also arts, concerned about the future of democracy in the digital age and willing to do something about it.

Please keep at least these questions in mind:
- Are the participants experts within their field looking to deepen/broaden their knowledge?

No need to be expert

-Is the course suitable for people who want to try something new or change field?

Yes, e.g. bloggers, influencers, journalists, reporters, teachers, school managers but also undergraduate students

-Do the participants usually have joint interest for a certain area or field?

History, history of ideas, social activism, social work, publishing, education, pedagogy, etc.

-Is it an advantage to have work experience in general or could the course interest someone who studies within another field?

Work experience in education and journalism is an advantage. But this course is a basic introduction and could interest also people from other fields.

-Could the course be interesting for experts within another field e.g. a course within occupational therapy that could be interesting for physiotherapists or a course within entrepreneurship that could be interesting for someone who has a degree in sports and health promotion?

Digitalization and mediatization are processes that affect the whole of society. Professional roles in occupational therapy, rehabilitation, entrepreneurship and other fields are obviously affected by the changes associated to them but also by the nature of societal response, in education and elsewhere. The work in these professions is based on implicit assumptions concerning the relationship between technology and society that today needs to be questioned. Basic competences to interpret the impact of technological development in society are necessary for every citizen in society, independently from their professional responsibility.



8.     What makes it unique or better than other similar courses?

Consider why someone should choose to take this course at Arcada. What makes the course stand out?
-Do the participants gain access to a network through Arcada?

If they want, sure

-Does the course contain interesting site visits or the like?


-Do we have expert guest lecturers participating?

Nope (because that would raise the costs)

-Unique study environment that we can offer?

I think what is unique is not necessarily the environment but the approach that combines topics of great actuality with theories from three different fields, society, technology and education, in ways accessible to an audience of non-initiated.




9.     Other advantages with the course?

Anything else you might want to add. You can for example share information on the experts the participants will be working with. What expertise do they have/what did they do before they became lecturers? Maybe they are still active within their field?




10.  What words would you use to do a Google search if you were looking for a course in this field? Please mention at least three.

Digital media, society & education

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