Ciberculture (261059)

Learning Outcomes

The curricular unit of Cyberculture has as its central objective to get the students acquainted with the complex digital scene and to promote a critical understanding of the multidimensional impact of the Internet in everyday life. 
At the end of the semester, students should be able to:
1.    articulate critical reasoning about the interrelationships between cyberspace, cyberculture and communities;
2.    recognize the mutations that result from the intersection of content, audiences and technologies;
3.    use scientific research tools in digital context, namely netnography.

Study Program

1.    Internet and Digital Culture
    1.1.    Ideas and key concepts of Cyberculture
    1.2.    Cyberspace
    1.3.    Sociology of Cyberspace
    1.4.    Collective intelligence
    1.5.    Convergence culture
    1.6.    Interaction, Communities and identities online: digital platforms, social median and social impacts
    1.7.    Interactive Communication and hypermediated territories
    1.8.    Digital divide and digital literacy

2.    Digital Methods
    2.1.    Introduction to netnography
    2.2.    Applications of the method for research projects



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Castells, M. (2007). A Sociedade em Rede. Lisboa: Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian.
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Jenkins, H. (2006). Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide. Nova Iorque: New York University Press.
Kozinets, R. (2010). Netnography. Doing Ethnographic Research Online. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.