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Computer Mediated Communication and Social Media, 7.5 credits

Course information

Research Education Subject

  • Informatics

Course Syllabus

Course Syllabus


Course content

The course explores the relationship between humans and computers in both theoretical and practical perspectives. The purpose is to gain insight into research in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW) and social media, and learn methods for investigating various digital media use and usability.

The course includes:

  • Discussion with an overall theoretical perspective and a fundamental approach to the human-computer relationship with regards to the Orlikowski model;
  • Operational studies of the human-computer interaction in both an individual perspective (HCI) and a cooperative perspective (CSCW);
  • Studies of the social use of digital media for interaction and social meaning;
  • Both literature studies and experimental exercises in which people's relationship to technology in communicative situations are examined on the basis of selected theoretical subjects.

Intended course learning outcomes

To obtain a passing grade, the doctoral student shall demonstrate:

  1. Understanding of different philosophical approaches to the relationship between humans and computers.
  2. Ability to problematize both IT use, and research on such use, from different perspectives on the human-computer relationship.
  3. Knowledge of theories and measurement and analysis of usability, and ability to perform such measurement and analysis practically.
  4. Knowledge of the essential concepts in the field of social network analysis (SNA), and use of such concepts in analysing the existing network on the Internet.
  5. Knowledge of computerized tools for SNA, and use of such tools for analysis.
  6. Ability to problematize use of SNA analysis and tools.