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Digital Media & Social Change

Technology´s effect on social life and communication

  • Price €50

Digital media has revolutionized how we communicate, organize, and act in society. Digitalization and its impact on different parts of social life is the starting point for this course in media sociology. The new technological possibilities are fertile ground for social actions, movements, and innovations that have far reaching consequences for all of humanity.

The aim of the course is to give insight into the interrelation between the use of digital media and social change, and give the students the tools needed to research and produce online publications.

Digital Media & Social Change

by Åbo Akademi University


1-30 August 2022.

Contact teaching in Turku 8 August-19 August.

The start and finish of the course is completed online.


Turku and online




The student will be able to:

  • Understand contemporary theories about social change and digital media
  • Learn to use different methods and tools for researching societal issues online
  • Use these theories to analyze a current phenomena
  • Produce and online publication as a group project


The course will be based on the book Digital Media & Society by Simon Lindgren (2nd edition 2021). You can find the book here.

We will study theoretical perspectives on:

  • Digital Society
  • Social Media
  • Communication Online
  • Interaction and Identity
  • Communities and Networks


  • Digital Visuality and Visibility
  • Feeling Digital (affect is digital media)
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Digital Power and Exploitation
  • Digital Activism
  • Mobile Culture
  • Software, Algorithms and Data


  • Collecting material online (not obligatory to use in publication)
  • Processing data (not obligatory to use in publication)
  • Referencing and linking online sources
  • Introduction to online publication platforms


  • Resources for project work in groups

Target audience

Undergraduate students with at least two years completed of Bachelor’s studies in social sciences, humanities, or related subjects. If you do not fill these requirements but feel that you have a good basic understanding of society and an interest to learn more, please contact the teacher to discuss the possibility to participate in the course.


Lectures, independent research, project work in groups, presentation of online publication.

Student work load

Pre-task 35 h, lectures and mentoring 30 h, project work in groups 70 h = 135 h


Pre-task on pass/fail basis.
Individual work and project work in groups on scale 0 -5 (0=fail – 5=excellent).

Assessment criteria

Pre-task: Active participation in online discussions about readings

Individual work: producing text for the group publication

Project work in groups:

  • Designing the visual design of your online publication
  • Integrating the texts and other media of the group members
  • Presentation of online publication

Other: Active participation in lectures

For more information about the assignments and grading during the course, click here
(note that the description of the assignments will still be updated)

Learning materials

Literature: Lindgren, Simon. 2017. Digital Media and Society. SAGE Publications Ltd.
Lecture material, webpages etc. Site with the course assignments presented (Link)
All material will provided on the Moodle page of the course

Number of students: max 40