Networks 2

2018-2019

Course Objective

A. Knowledge and understanding
Students will have basic knowledge and understanding of:
- the nature of communication in social media
- mechanisms behind the adoption of social media
- the consequences of the rise of social media for relationships between
individual users and social structures
- the ways in which social media are used in strategic communication
B. Applying knowledge and understanding
Students will have the ability to:
- give a reasoned account of the consequences of the rise of social
media for social structures and relationships between individuals and
institutions
C. Making judgments
Students will have the ability to:
- distinguish popular opinions on the consequences of the rise of social
media from scientifically supported research outcomes and theoretical
statements
D. Learning skills.
Students will be able to:
- develop and communicate a standpoint based on scientific reasoning
(theoretical reasoning, empirical support)

Course Content

Social media are a driving force behind today’s network society.
Although digitally enabled networks have been around ever since the
onset of the internet, the massive adoption of online networks like
Twitter and Facebook is unprecedented. They enable people and
organizations to connect and communicate at low costs and thus
facilitate building and maintaining relationships. Yet, they also shape
how users – individuals as well as organizations – communicate, which
information they receive and, consequently, how individuals relate to
social structures.
In this course, we will explore how social media affect the
relationships between individuals and social structures. We will discuss
the reasons behind the rapid and large scale adoption by their users, in
terms of both how social media are perceived as instrumental for
individual motives and goals, and the ways in which social network sites
evoke and cater to these needs. We will explore the how social network
sites shape the communication networks of individuals and organizations,
and of individuals in organizations. The course will also address
current questions regarding big data produced by social media, the
privacy dilemma’s that big data pose, and the research possibilities and
ethical questions they pose for social science.

Teaching Methods

Lectures, working groups, once every two weeks, in-class assignments

Method of Assessment

Written and/or oral examination

Entry Requirements

Student must have participated in the first course on the same theme

Literature

To be announced

Custom Course Registration

In this course you can not enroll yourself for the tutorials, but you will be assigned by the course coordinator. Note: You do have to register for the course, with the corresponding parts!

General Information

Course Code S_N2
Credits 6 EC
Period P5
Course Level 300
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences
Course Coordinator dr. K.E. Balint
Examiner dr. K.E. Balint
Teaching Staff
dr. G. Ranzini
dr. Y. Eski
prof. dr. T.G. van Tilburg
dr. K.E. Balint
T.E. Bouwman MSc

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Teaching Methods Lecture, Study-group*

*You cannot select a group yourself for this teaching method, you will be placed in a group.