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2012/2013  KAN-SIPS  Social Informatics: Principles of the Social Web

English Title
Social Informatics: Principles of the Social Web

Course information

Language English
Exam ECTS 7.5 ECTS
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, BSc
Course coordinator
  • Mads Bødker - ITM
Main Category of the Course
  • Information Systems
Last updated on 05-10-2012
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.
  • Reflect on the need for changing and further developing organizational communication and participation through the use of social technologies
  • Suggest concrete ways to facilitate the use of social media within and across organizations
  • Assess and analyze examples of social informatics and communication processes, including aspects of user and group behavior in social media
  • Synthesize and integrate social informatics concepts presented in the course
Social Informatics: Principles of the Social Web:
Type of test Oral with Written Assignment
Marking scale 7-step scale
Second examiner Second internal examiner
Exam period October
Aids Without preparation
Duration 20 Minutes

Individual oral exam based on a mini-project (overall assessment of project and oral performance).

The mini-project will be based on the student groups' own choice of a digital social technology (e.g. Facebook, Sina Weibo, FourSquare, LindedIn, Twitter, Tripadvisor, Instagram, Wikipedia, Podio etc.). The groups must then apply (appending on relevance) at least 3 of the principles discussed in class on their case and argue for their usefulness for the analysis and understanding of the particular social medium. The analysis must be based on on-line observations of user behavior and interactions using the chosen technology.

To gain a solid basis for the mini-project, each student group is expected to engage actively in the technology in question, and document this with example screendumps etc. All projects should take point of departure in the uploaded presentation(s) that the group made during the course.

The examination takes place in October. Make-up and re-examinations take place in January. The exam is equal to the regular 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.

Teaching methods
The course will be run in a study-circle style. Key concepts/theories/approaches will be presented, argued against, and discussed in plenary sessions. This is done in class with the focus on active student participation.Each time, presentations will be made by the student reading groups, while other groups are tasked with challenging and critiquing the views and understandings espoused by the literature.
Last updated on 05-10-2012