Università degli Studi di Urbino Carlo Bo / Portale Web di Ateneo


INTERNET STUDIES
INTERNET STUDIES

A.Y. Credits
2019/2020 10
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Fabio Giglietto
Teaching in foreign languages
Course with optional materials in a foreign language English
This course is entirely taught in Italian. Study materials can be provided in the foreign language and the final exam can be taken in the foreign language.

Assigned to the Degree Course

Communication Sciences (L-20)
Curriculum: PERCORSO COMUNE
Date Time Classroom / Location
Date Time Classroom / Location

Learning Objectives

Internet Studies are an interdisciplinary research field that studies the social, psychological, pedagogical, political, technical, cultural, artistic and not only aspects of the internet and digital technologies connected to it. This year's course, more specifically, introduces some key concepts useful for understanding the dynamics of information typical of contemporary society.

Program

The course is articulated into four parts:

Four key concepts of Internet Studies to understand contemporary information

- Ownership and affordance of Networked Publics;

- Participatory Culture;

- Attention Economy;

- Collective Actions

Media manipulation

- Internet Subcultures;

- Influencer;

- Strategic Amplification

Research methods

- Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter as data access sources for social research;

- API, scraping and data reseller;

- Principles of Data and Content Analysis.

Project work: Disinformation and media manipulation in electoral processes.

Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)

1. Knowledge and understanding: of the essential concepts of Internet Studies: Properties and affordances of Networked Publics; Participatory Culture; Attention Economy; Collective Actions. of the concept of media manipulation and strategic amplification with specific reference to internet subcultures and the role of influencers. of the opportunities and challenges that social media pose to social research, learn about Twitter and Facebook APIs, learn about platforms and techniques for data acquisition from Twitter and Facebook, learn about data and content analysis techniques 1.1. Students achieve this knowledge through individual and group hands-on exercises in the classroom.

Teaching Material

The teaching material prepared by the lecturer in addition to recommended textbooks (such as for instance slides, lecture notes, exercises, bibliography) and communications from the lecturer specific to the course can be found inside the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it

Didactics, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment

Didactics

3 weekly class of 2 hours each. Lectures, class discussion and project work

Attendance

Attend at least 3/4 of the classes and take part in the project work activity

Course books
  • Boyd, D. (2018). It's complicated: La vita sociale degli adolescenti sul web. Roma: Castelvecchi (pp. 29-43).
  • Jenkins, H. (2008). Fan, blogger e videogamers: L'emergere delle culture partecipative nell'era digitale. Milano: FrancoAngeli. (pp. 7-22; 160-180; 219-229)
  • Shirky, C. (2009). Uno per uno, tutti per tutti: Il potere di organizzare senza organizzazione. Torino: Codice. (pp. 3-119)
  • Marwick, A., & Lewis, R. (2017). Media Manipulation and Disinformation Online. Data & Society Research Institute. Retrieved from https://datasociety.net/output/media-manipulation-and-disinfo-online/.
  • Lewis, R. (2018). Alternative Influence. Data & Society Research Institute. Retrieved from https://datasociety.net/output/alternative-influence/.
Assessment

The verification of the learning will take place through an individual oral interview based on the discussion of the paper delivered by the groups at the end of the course, aimed at evaluating both the learning of the contents by the student and his / her ability to re-elaborate and to argue. They will give rise to evaluations of excellence: the student's possession of good critical and in-depth skills; knowing how to connect the main issues addressed during the course; the use of a language appropriate to the specificity of the discipline. They will give rise to discrete evaluations: the student's possession of a mnemonic knowledge of the contents; a relative critical capacity and connection between the topics dealt with: the use of an appropriate language. They will give rise to sufficient assessments: the achievement of a minimal knowledge base on the topics dealt with by the student, even in the presence of some training gaps; the use of inappropriate language. They will give rise to negative evaluations: difficulty of orientation of the student with respect to the topics addressed in the exam texts; training gaps; the use of inappropriate language ". Specifically, the final evaluation is structured as follows: Project work (60%), oral interview (30%) and participation in the classroom (10%). The group paper will be subject to verification with the anti-plagiarism system used by the university. Plagiarism cases will result in a negative evaluation. The number of lessons attended in the total, the participation in the classroom and in the blended space, the contribution to the group activity and the originality of the proposed contributions will contribute to the evaluation of the class participation.

Additional Information for Non-Attending Students

Didactics

-

Attendance

-

Course books
  • Boyd, D. (2018). It's complicated: La vita sociale degli adolescenti sul web. Roma: Castelvecchi (pp. 29-43).
  • Jenkins, H. (2008). Fan, blogger e videogamers: L'emergere delle culture partecipative nell'era digitale. Milano: FrancoAngeli. (pp. 7-22; 160-180; 219-229)
  • Shirky, C. (2009). Uno per uno, tutti per tutti: Il potere di organizzare senza organizzazione. Torino: Codice. (pp. 3-119)
  • Marwick, A., & Lewis, R. (2017). Media Manipulation and Disinformation Online. Data & Society Research Institute. Retrieved from https://datasociety.net/output/media-manipulation-and-disinfo-online/.
  • Lewis, R. (2018). Alternative Influence. Data & Society Research Institute. Retrieved from https://datasociety.net/output/alternative-influence/.
Assessment

Oral exam

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