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Digital Culture and Society

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

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 these new modes of digital communication, this course aims to understand how the core sociological questions are being transformed/effected by emerging technologies around the globe in general and in Norway in specific. 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 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.


Literatur will be published as soon as it has been prepared by the course coordinator/teacher

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

Sist oppdatert: 25.09.2020