The course will focus on the critical study of digital cultures and communication from a theoretical and methodological perspective. The course is organized in three modules: - Digital cultures: theoretical perspective, that discusses the main concepts and theoretical resources to study digital culture; - Digital cultures: methodological approaches, that focuses on the methods used to study digital culture; - Communication research: qualitative strategies, that looks more closely at qualitative research methods in the study of communication.
Expected learning outcomes
Students who successfully complete the course will be able to:
a) Critically appraise the relevance of digital cultures in relation to media and society, and interpret the most salient phenomena within this context; b) Acquire an in-depth understanding of the research methods and traditions pertaining to communication research, experimented in the context of digital cultures; c) Practice and engage with the collection and analysis of digital data for purposes of research in the areas of communication and society
Lesson period: First trimester
(In case of multiple editions, please check the period, as it may vary)
The course focuses on the critical study of digital cultures and communication from a theoretical and methodological perspective. The course is organized in three modules: a) Digital cultures theory; b) Communication research methods; c) Digital methodological approaches. For attending students, exam materials and a reading list are provided in lectures and made available on the online portal Ariel. Non-attending students must study the three books indicated in the course materials.
Prerequisites for admission
Lectures and class activities
For attending students, exam materials consist in class notes and lectures, a reading list made available on the online portal Ariel, and the execution of a mini-research project using digital methods. For non-attending students, the essential bibliography is as follows:
Module 1: Arvidsson, A., & Delfanti, A. (2019). Introduction to Digital Media. Wiley-Blackwell. Module 2: Croucher, S. M., & Cronn-Mills, D. (2014). Understanding communication research methods: A theoretical and practical approach. Routledge. Module 3: Caliandro, A., & Gandini, A. (2016). Qualitative research in digital environments: A research toolkit. Routledge.
Assessment methods and Criteria
Attending students: Written interim test + final oral exam Non-attending students: oral exam