Digital Media, Society & Education

Open studies

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


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.

Join us in a course that addresses the social challenges associated to digitalisation and mediatisation and their response in formal education. 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.

By taking this course, you will learn

  • the main theories of society;
  • main theories of technology;
  • theories of democratic education and pedagogy;
  • to 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

We will be discussing issues such as:

  • 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?

Practical details

In this course we will be using lectures, individual readings and audiovisuals as teaching methods. The lectures will be held on campus on Tuesdays 6.9., 13.9., 20.9, 27.9, and 4.10. from 13.00 to 17.00. For each segment of the course (1 ECTS each) a test/quiz will be held, and at the end of the course you will need to produce a short essay.

This course is suitable for bloggers, influencers, journalists, reporters, teachers, school managers but also undergraduate students with an interest in history, history of ideas, social activism, social work, publishing, education pedagogy etc.

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