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2010/2011  KAN-SIPS  Social Informatics: Principles of the Social Web

English Title
Social Informatics: Principles of the Social Web

Course Information

Language English
Point 7,5 ECTS (225 SAT)
Type Mandatory
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Quarter
Course Period Autumn . First Quarter
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Study Board
Study Board for BSc/MSc in Business Administration and Information Systems
Course Coordinator
Mads Bødker
Main Category of the Course
  • Information Systems

Taught under Open University-Taught under open university.
Last updated on 29 maj 2012
Learning Objectives
After the course, students should be capable of:
  • Explain and reflect on the value that social informatics and the social web bring to organizations, employees, and consumers.
  • Change and further develop organizational communication and participation through the use of social technologies
  • Assess and analyse whole social informatics and communication processes, and synthesize and integrate social informatics concepts presented in the course
  • Describe and name design, development, and management challenges related to the social web with a focus on serendipity, social representation, social scheduling, online communities, mass communication, and dialogue
  • Identify and use narrative methods and prototyping activities to convey social media concepts and strategies
  • Reflect on the usefulness of methods applied to design and development of conceptual prototypes
MSc profile in Information Management
Individual oral exam based on product and project
Exam Period May/June
• The examination of the course is a product examination based on a pre-given case. The students must deliver a product as well as a written report that accounts for motivation, execution, methods, theories, and empirical validation of the product. The product should be a conceptual sketch or prototype of a tool-supported activity for the class, including scenarios and/or visual narratives of usage. The product and the evaluation will count equally in the overall assessment. The written report should be 15 pages for groups of up to 5 students.
• The examination will be an individual oral examination based on the product and the report, both of which are to be brought to the examination. Other relevant audio-visual material can be brought to the exam.
• The grading is given on the basis of an overall assessment of both the product and the report. It is assumed that the student is fully acquainted with the curriculum for the course. Therefore, questions that probe into the curriculum can be put to the student in order to judge the student’s level of knowledge of - and ability to reflect on - the course material.

The examination takes place in October. Make-up and re-examinations take place in January.
Prerequisites for Attending the Exam
Course Content

Taking a profoundly interdisciplinary approach, this obligatory course for the IM specialization will take up classic and recent theories that critically examine social aspects of networked communication. The subjects of analysis will be centered upon intranets, mobile communication, and recent developments in social software practices such as (micro) blogging, wiki's, and peer-to-peer sharing.

Theories as well as practical and explorative workshops will provide input for a product examination. The course will oscillate between theory and more practical, design related perspectives in order to facilitate student’s “reflective practice” in future work with social media.

Teaching Methods
The course will be run in a study-circle style. Key concepts/theories/approaches will be presented, argued against, and discussed in the class. The lectures will be organized around sets of “principles” or keywords that are important for the understanding of the social web.