Digital Cultures and Communication research

A.Y. 2019/2020
9
Max ECTS
60
Overall hours
SSD
SPS/08
Language
English
Learning objectives
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
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Lesson period
First trimester
Course syllabus
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
None
Teaching methods
Lectures and class activities
Teaching Resources
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
SPS/08 - SOCIOLOGY OF CULTURE AND COMMUNICATION - University credits: 9
Lessons: 60 hours