A general aim of the course is the students' awareness of the mechanisms of the media in a digitalised society and of the risks of false opinions and polarisation. By making students familiar with these mechanisms, they will be better prepared to see, in their own specialisation field, the opportunities as well as the risks for the distribution and application of (scientific) knowledge and information, as well as the development of ICT applications.
In order to do so, the topic 'media and digital society' will be approached in an interdisciplinary way. In the courses,dialogue and reflection will be emphasized and there will be explicit attention for diverse religious and ideological points of view.
The following themes will be studied and discussed:
- News and information (a. o. fake news, opinions, confirmation bias)
- Media-responsibility and media-ethics (a.o. non-neutrality of technology)
- Commercials (a.o. mixed forms of news/commercials, privacy and the importance of legalisation)
- Entertainment (a.o. sexualisation)
- Social media (a.o. cyber bullying, hate speech, interpersonal relations)
- Technology (a.o. automatisation; data impact; economical background and monopolies; big data; artificial intelligence (AI); Internet of Things (IoT); algorithms