Official course description, subject to change:
Basic info last published 28/10-19

Network Society

Course info
Language:
English
ECTS points:
7.5
Course code:
BANESOC1KU
Participants min:
15
Participants max:
65
Offered to guest students:
yes
Offered as a single subject:
yes
Price (single subject):
10625 DKK (incl. vat)
Programme
Level:
Bachelor
Programme:
Bachelor of Science in Digital Design and Interactive Technologies
Staff
Course manager
Associate Professor
Teacher
Research Assistant
Course semester
Semester
Forår 2020
Start
27 January 2020
End
31 August 2020
Abbreviation
20201
Exam
Exam type
ordinær
Internal/External
ekstern censur
Grade Scale
7-trinsskala
Exam Language
GB
Abstract

The main outcomes of the course are that students are equipped with (1) a basic understanding of concepts of data, networks and data analytics; and (2) a toolbox of techniques and theories to discuss the idea of networks and data as a basis for conceptualizing a network society.

Description

The course is important because most of today’s IT use involves connectivity through global networks, and this makes a basic understanding of such a network society essential for any professional practice in the field of digital design.

We live in world where people from around the globe are only as far away as a flick of the finger on a smartphone touchscreen, where information about anything is at your fingertips and where we often use the word "network" to characterize our infrastructures, our friends and acquaintances and even our societies. As a result, nearly everything we do generates various types of data that are collected, stored and processed by a range of known and unknown entities often with unexpected consequences. In this course, students explore the nature and backgrounds of common characterizations of a "network society" and assess the related assumptions and implications through learning about digital data collection, storage and analytics. What do the terms ‘network’ and ‘network society’ mean? What developments are regarded as characteristic of the ‘network society’? What assumptions about technology development underlie network thinking? What kinds of futures might we expect given our current trajectories?
 
The course aims to provide a "toolbox" of techniques and theories which will enable the student to discuss the basic idea of networks as a basis for the conceptualization of network society. The course is an introduction to big data, network analysis, network theory, and data analytics. The students are introduced to concepts about data and data types, data storage, access and manipulation, and data analytics.
 
Relevant topics in this course include:

  • Data types and data sources - measurability, curation, classification and archiving
  • Data formats and storage approaches - anonymization, open data, storage systems, archival systems, ephemerality
  • Concepts of digital networks and network society
  • Social network site data production and publicly available social media data
  • Analytics approaches, algorithmic black-boxing, politics of classification
  • Ethical, privacy surveillance and security concerns in the digital world
Intended learning outcomes

After the course, the student should be able to:

  • Identify different data types, their sources, function and limitations.
  • Differentiate among data analytics approaches and reflect on their potential benefits and pitfalls.
  • Reflect on ethical and privacy issues involved in data collection, storage and analysis of various data types and sources.
  • Relate data collection, storage and analytics to concepts and theories of the network society.
  • Apply methods of digital media analysis to the major themes in the study of network society.
Ordinary exam
Exam type:
C: Submission of written work, external (7-trinsskala)
Exam variation:
C: Submission of written work
Exam description:
T