Networks 2

2019-2020

Course Objective

The learning objectives of P5 are directed on designing an intervention
and the implication for implementation. In addition, collaboration of
disciplines and linking insights of different disciplines are important
learning aims.

Basic knowledge and understanding
1. Students have basic knowledge and understanding of the affordances of
social media, interpersonal processes in social media use, romantic
relationships through social media, and human-computer processes on
social media.
2. Students have a basic knowledge and understanding of the different
type of social media interventions: individual level, group level and
induction level.

Applying knowledge
3. Students are able to develop response or a description of an
intervention or solution and to apply their knowledge to practical
needs. In addition, they are able to pinpoint implications for the
implementation by taking into account different disciplinary views.

Making judgement
4. Students are able to value the contributions of different disciplines
to a proposed intervention or response.
5. Students learn to understand how their own discipline contribute to
an intervention on complex social issues. By collaborating with other
disciplines, students show that they are able to combine their knowledge
from different disciplines in order to design an effective
intervention. In a product made by a group, they are able to demonstrate
a multidisciplinary, yet holistic approach.

Skills
6. Students are able to collaborate with others who employ different
perspectives from their own with the aim to design a response or an
intervention that covers these different disciplinary insights and that
may be more effective than a single disciplinary approach.
7. Students are able to communicate in writing an intervention that
includes different disciplinary angles and can explain how the
participating disciplines contribute to the intervention.

Course Content

After having understood what networks are, and how networks work and
what problems they may have, we move on to the question: how to use
network information in an intervention? In this course you will design a
practical (policy) intervention based on a thorough and critical
analysis of that problem conducted in Networks 1. In Networks 1, a so
called wicked problem, a problem that is difficult or impossible to
solve because of incomplete, contradictory, and changing requirements
that are often challenging to identify, had been identified. During
Networks 2, we shift focus, and instead of analysis we focus on
potential interventions to address the wicked problem.
During this course, we will mostly concentrate on social media based
interventions. Social media has changed the way people communicate,
develop and maintain their social networks, and get access to
information. Recently, social media has gained a crucial role also in
network based interventions and become an important tool for promoting
socially valuable behavior change. During this course we discuss the
features specific to social media and reflect on how these features may
facilitate or hinder a social media intervention.
We combine disciplines of communication science, media psychology and
sociology. We discuss three different levels of social media
intervention: individual level, when the intervention targets social
media influencers; group level, when the intervention aims to empower a
community or group of people, and the inductive level, where the
intervention relies on word of mouth information distribution. Students
are expected to use the knowledge acquired during the lectures in their
designing an intervention.

Teaching Methods

Lectures, working groups, in-class assignments

Method of Assessment

Written examination & paper

Entry Requirements

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

Literature

To be announced on Canvas

Target Audience

This course is for:
• Second-year bachelor students of FSW at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
(elective). 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!

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. J.F. Hoorn
Examiner dr. K.E. Balint
Teaching Staff dr. Y. Eski
prof. dr. T.G. van Tilburg
T.E. Bouwman MSc
dr. J.F. Hoorn

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.

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