Optional for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th year students of the PhD Programme in "Political Science and Sociology"
Optional for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th year students of the PhD Programme in "Transnational Governance"
Optional for the 4th and 5th year students of the MA Programme in "Political and Social Sciences"
Schedule of Classes and Readings
1. The agenda of digital sociology
March 1 (14:00-17:00)
2. Knowledge and truth in the digital age: From data to information, non-information and disinformation
March 2 (14:00-17:00)
3. Private and public relationships in the Digital Age
March 4 (14:00-17:00)
4. Digital politics: Forms of collective empowerment and disempowerment
March 9 (14:00-17:00)
5. Digital culture
March 10 (14:00-17:00)
6. Inequality and social class in the digital age
March 11 (14:00-17:00)
7. Outlook: a critical sociology of the digital
March 12 (14-16)
Rosa, H. (2003) 'Social Acceleration: Ethical and Political Consequences of a Desynchronized High–Speed Society', Constellations, 10(1): 3-33
How can sociological theory contribute to our understanding of the digital transformation of society? The dynamics, mechanisms and implications of digitalization on society are discussed controversially within sociology. Some see digitalization as an opportunity for social progress, cultural creativity, innovation and new forms of sustainable development. Others emphasize the disruptive impact of digitalization on cultural expressions, social communications, groups and social relationships. The course trains students not only to raise critical questions about the constructive or disruptive impact of digital transformations, but also to explore new forms of critical sociological investigations to face the digital challenge. For that purpose a sociological inquiry of digital society is undertaken that deals with the societal impact of digital media technologies on society in a broad sense, including aspects of knowledge production and distribution, private-public relationships, social empowerment and inequalities. The course further raises the question how digitalization is experienced by the members of society and how individuals make creative use of digital media technologies giving rise to new forms of cultural expression and collective mobilization. The course thus treats theory development as a tool for empirical research and encourages participants to raise critical theory questions as an inseparable element of their own ongoing research practice.
The course will be composed of 6 sessions of 180 minutes each and one concluding session of 120 minutes. Each class will be divided into three parts: 1) a lecture by the instructor that introduces into the topic; 2) student presentations of the assigned texts; and 3) a class discussion and further exercises or close reading of the assigned texts.