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Social and interactive media, 15 credits, 2017

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
16/1 13-15 MC313 Course introduction  RH
17/1 13-16 MA136 The history of social media FM
19/1 13-16 MA136 A critical perspective on social media RH
23/1 13-16 MC313 Critical analysis of social media  RH
25/1 9-12 MA378 Social media and identity  FM
30/1 13-16 MC313 Social media and power structures  FM
8/2 11.00-12 MC313 Introduction to project work   RH
16/2 10.00-11 HCI-lab Progress report 1: Project planning  RH
20/2 13-16 MC413 On participation in social media FM
22/2 13-15 HCI-lab Progress report 2: Project execution  RH
13/3 9-15 MA156 Presentation of empirical study  FM
10/3 13-15 HCI-lab Progress report 3: Project closing  RH
14/3 13-16 MC313 Design for spreadability  FM
16/3 13-15 MC313 Project presentation rehearsal All
17/3 13-16 MC313 Project presentations and course evaluation  All


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: http://www.pewinternet.org/2014/08/26/social-media-and-the-spiral-of-silence/

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: http://www.palgraveconnect.com/pc/doifinder/10.1057/9781137476661


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.


Rikard Harr and Fatemeh Moradi