Social and interactive media, 15 credits, 2016

During the course social and interactive media is studied theoretically, empirically and design-oriented. After an introduction of the object of study, we will work with three main perspectives: first an individual perspektiv on social media with focus on identity, then a social perspektiv with focus on power and participation, and last a design perspective with focus on spreadability and social interaction.


Date Time Place Activity Teacher
18/1 13-15 MA136 Course introduction  RH
20/1 13-16 MC313 The history of social media POÅ
21/1 13-16 MA136 A critical perspective on social media RH
29/1 9-12 MA176 Critical analysis of social media  RH
2/2 9-12 MC313 Social media and identity  AN
10/2 9.00-10 MC313 Introduction to project work  RH
11/2 13-16 MA176 Social media and power structures  AN
18/2 10.00, 11.00 HCI-lab Progress report 1: Project planning  RH
24/2 13-15 HCI-lab Progress report 2: Project execution  RH
25/2 9-12 MA136 On participation in social media POÅ
8/3 9-15 MC413 Presentation of empirical study  POÅ
9/3 13-15 HCI-lab Progress report 3: Project closing  RH
10/3 13-16 MC413 Design for spreadability  POÅ
17/3 13-15 MC413 Project presentation rehearsal All
18/3 9-15 MC313 Project presentations and course evaluation  RH


Fuchs, Christian (2014). Social Media. A Critical Introduction. London: SAGE Publicactions.

Hampton, K.N., Rainie, L., Lu, W., Dwyer, M., Shin, I., & Purcell, K. (2014). Social Media and the ‘Spiral of Silence.’ Pew Research Center, Washington, DC. Open Access:

Jenkins, Henry, Ford, Sam & Green, Joshua (2013). Spreadable media. Creating value and meaning in a networked culture. New York: New York University Press.

Noelle-Neumann, Elisabeth (1984). The spiral of silence: public opinion, our social skin. Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press. Kapitel 1. (Provided by the department.)

Walker Rettberg, Jill (2014). Seeing Ourselves Through Technology: How We Use Selfies, Blogs and Wearable Devices to See and Shape Ourselves. New York: Palgrave. Open Access:


The course has two examinations. Examination 1 contains five individual assignments and Examination 2 contains one group assignment. The assignments shall be submitted in different times during the course. More information on the examinations and the assignments will be presented both in Cambro and at the introduction of the course when the course starts at January 18.


P O Ågren, Annakarin Nyberg, Rikard Harr