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Digital Culture and Society

This is the study programme for 2019/2020. It is subject to change.

With more than 2.8 billion social media users worldwide digital media, social media platforms and the networks established in these platforms shape and impact our social world. This means that digital media has an influence on the issues that traditional sociological studies have been focusing on so far like; labour, stratification, violence, race, class, gender as well as culture and education. By focusing on the sociological as well as cultural aspects of this new modes of digital communication, this course aims to understand the ways in which the core sociological questions are being transformed / effected by emerging technologies around the globe in general and in Norway in specific. In order to understand the social, psychological and cultural implications of digital media we will study governments, institutions, individuals as well as groups and their use of digital technologies.

Learning outcome

Upon completion of the course, students are expected to have acquired knowledge of
  • What digital culture, cyber culture means;
  • The impact of digital in everyday life;
  • The new forms of public life - citizenship and surveillance;
  • Network culture and traditional demographic factors (gender / race / class).

In this course, the students will obtain
  • Ability to discuss different perspectives on digital culture and society,
  • Ability to think sociologically the relationships between digital culture and society

General competence
In this course, the students will develop an understanding of digitalisation, internet and their impact on our everyday lives - information management, privacy and identity, cyber terrorism and bullying - as well as government's use of social media and its implications - surveillance, control and propaganda.


The subject of digital culture and society deals with issues raised by classical sociological theory and methodology by studying institutions (i.e. governments, ministries), peoples (i.e. individuals) and groups (i.e. feminist activists, environmentalists). By focusing on cultural and sociological impacts of new/digital/social media we will look at 1) gender and new media; 2) surveillance and privacy on social media networks; 3) stratification and social media through a critical lens. With the guests invited from the Stavanger and the Rogaland region IT service community we will discuss the regional challenges in digitalism.

Required prerequisite knowledge



Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written exam1/14 daysA - F

Coursework requirements

Reflection paper, Group project
Reflection paper: Students are expected to come to class having read the assigned readings for that week and produce minimum 1 reflection paper. Reflection papers are one / half page outlines of the readings. These papers are assigned to allow students a space to express their opinions or reactions. This is a compulsory work to get registered for the examination.
Group project: This can be about a deeper exploration of something covered in class, or not covered but you are curious to discover. Students will work on this question in groups and will present their paper to the class. In this project, as long as they cover a topic related to digital media. Students are free to use materials like songs, videos, digital media resources, news-paper article analyses to make your project interesting. This is a compulsory work to get registered for the examination.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator
Hande Eslen Ziya

Method of work

The format of the course is organised as a series of lecture seminars, guest lectures as well as group work and presentations. Active student participation and class discussions are important tools for achieving individual skills for becoming social scientists who can critique and question everyday life events.

Open to

Sociology - Bachelor's Degree Programme
Political Science - Bachelor's Degree Programme
Admission to Single Courses at UiS Business School
Admission to Single Courses at the Faculty of Social Sciences
Admission to Single Courses at Faculty of Arts and Education
Exchange Students at Faculty of Arts and Education
Exchange programmes at UIS Business School

Course assessment

Evaluation is done in accordance with the Faculty's practice, usually through forms and / or conversations in accordance with current guidelines.


Lindgren, Simon. Digital media and society. Sage, 2017.
Lupton, Deborah. Digital sociology. Routledge, 2014.
Journal Articles
Alencar, Amanda. "Refugee integration and social media: A local and experiantial perspective." Information, Communication & Society 21, no. 11 (2018): 1588-1603
Anduiza, Eva, Camilo Cristancho, and José M. Sabucedo. "Mobilization through online social networks: the political protest of the indignados in Spain." Information, Communication & Society 17, no. 6 (2014): 750-764.
Eslen-Ziya, Hande, and Itir Erhart. "Toward postheroic leadership: A case study of Gezi's collaborating multiple leaders." Leadership 11, no. 4 (2015): 471-488.
Greitens, Sheena Chestnut. "Authoritarianism Online: What can we learn from internet data in nondemocracies?" PS: Political Science & Politics 46, no. 2 (2013): 262-270.
Haciyakupoglu, Gulizar, and Weiyu Zhang. "Social media and trust during the Gezi protests in Turkey." Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication 20, no. 4 (2015): 450-466.
Hardey, Mariann. "The formation of social rules for digital interactions." Information, Communication & Society 11, no. 8 (2008): 1111-1131.
Joseph, Sarah. "Social media, political change, and human rights." BC Int'l & Comp. L. Rev. 35 (2012): 145.
Smith, Russell, Peter Grabosky, and Gregor Urbas. "Cyber criminals on trial." Criminal Justice Matters 58, no. 1 (2004): 22-23.
Toepfl, Florian. "Innovating consultative authoritarianism: Internet votes as a novel digital tool to stabilize non-democratic rule in Russia." new media & society (2016).
*Subject to change. Any adjustment to the reading list will be published on Canvas at the latest by the start of the semester.

This is the study programme for 2019/2020. It is subject to change.

Sist oppdatert: 15.10.2019