Networks 1


Course Objective

Students who have successfully completed the course "The network
society" will have achieved the following learning outcomes:

A. Knowledge and understanding
Students will have basic knowledge and understanding of:
(1) the concepts ‘information age,’ ‘network society’, and
(2) social network research
(3) the social, political, economic and cultural changes that occur with
the rise of the network society
(4) major social scientific theories from different disciplinary
perspectives explaining these changes, and the empirical evidence
underlying these theories

B. Applying knowledge and understanding
Students will have the ability to:
(5) give a theoretical explanation of change in specific social domains
relation to the network society, and discuss empirical support for this

C. Making judgments
Students will have the ability to:
(6) distinguish opinions on the development and the social and political
consequences of the network society from scientifically supported
research outcomes and theoretical statements.

D. Learning skills
Students will be able to:
(7) develop a standpoint based on scientific reasoning (theoretical
reasoning, empirical support);
(8) use scientific knowledge on networks in a verbal debate;
(9) to colloborate with others who employ different disciplinary

Course Content

The idea of a "network society" points to a type of society whose social
structure is made up of networks empowered by technologies. It is seen
as typical of the information age, and it summarizes major changes in
way people and groups organize, as well as the most important structures
of modern society. These changes affect all levels of society;
individual, organizational and societal, and many authors characterize
the rise of the network society as revolutionary. Strong opinions exist
on the good or bad outcomes of these changes for society, and on the
desirability of interventions to mitigate such outcomes. In this course
we explore the meaning of the network society in domains such as
personal life, organizations and politics. We discuss
theories explaining these changes and research that puts these theories
to the test. The material draws on a wide range of
social scientific disciplines, such as sociology, organization sciences
and political

Teaching Methods

lectures, working groups, in-class assignments

Method of Assessment

Written and/or oral examination


will be announced on CANVAS

Target Audience

Bachelor students in the Social Sciences (Administrative Science and
Organization, Cultural Anthropology, Communication Science, Political
Science, Sociology). Exchange students

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! Please note: You can register for only one of the following courses: Diversity 1, Globalization 1 or Networks 1.

General Information

Course Code S_N1
Credits 6 EC
Period P4
Course Level 200
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences
Course Coordinator
Teaching Staff dr. Y. Eski
dr. C. Moser
D. Petropoulos Petalas
dr. B.A. Suanet

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.

Target audiences

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