Understanding contemporary societies is not feasible anymore without understanding changes induced by widespread use of information and communication technologies (abbr. ICTs). The students of the course Internet and Society will get acquainted with main issues that the research into Internet’s impact deals with on both individual and societal level. Students will be familiarized with theoretical and empirical foundations of current Internet research in social sciences, with emphasis on the underlying issues of universal necessity and societal effects of Internet use. The emphasis will be on state-of-the-art, empirical evidence, and intermediation of the sociological perspective on discussed issues. The quality of seminar will be dependent on students’ activity based on home assignments and readings. The lessons will combine moderated class-wide discussion, group discussions and individual presentations of home preparations (adapted Just-in-time teaching will be used).
For the reason that (sometimes) so called Internet studies are bound by subject of interest and not as much by disciplinary borders, the students of disciplines other than sociology are also welcome. Maximum capacity of the course is 20 students (if you are interested just come to the first lecture on 18th February even if capacity in the online information system is already full – in the previous courses, it was quite common that some students dropped right after the beginning of the course). Erasmus students with a special interest in taking the course can email the lecturer a reasoned request for overriding the limit in their case.