Scheda insegnamento

Anno Accademico 2017/2018

Conoscenze e abilità da conseguire

By the end of this course, students will be able to distinguish and analyze the different notions of globalization, and how information technologies affecteveryday life, markets, and the process of consumption. In particular, the student will be able to: - develop an understanding of “Globalization” through a sociological lens - understand the culture of the Internet and the relationship between globalization and web society - analyze the impact on individual behaviors and society at large within Social Networks & Online Communities through the mainstreaming of private information posted to the public sphere - frame the emergence of a new rhetoric of “democratization” and participation in the web society - understand the changing relationship between producers, consumers and “prosumers” in the web society - recognize consequences and effects of the Digital Divide nationally and worldwide.


A printed detailed syllabus will be provided to students the first day of class, the four learning modules that structure the course are:

1. Globalizations

1.1 Definition

1.2 History

1.3 Critiques

1.4 Social Consequences

2. Web society e social media

2.1 Context analysis

2.2 Media Evolution

2.3 Social Consequences

3. Production, consumption, prosumption

3.1 Paradigm and definition

3.2 The rise of the prosumer

3.3 Prosumer capitalism

4. Digital divide and inequalities

4.1 Definition

4.2 Characteristics

4.3 Consequences

Each module will have specific reading material and planned classroom activities


Students may choose two of the following books: 

- The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies.

Erik Brynjolfsson e Andrew McAfee 

- Social Media. A Critical Introduction. 

Christian Fuchs

- Spreadable Media: Creating Value and Meaning in a Networked Culture

Henry Jenkins, Sam Ford e Joshua Green

During the lectures will be given mandatory specific teaching materials also available via a username and password at AMS Campus - AlmaDL - University of Bologna.


Metodi didattici

Students are expected to be prepared on the assigned readings before each class.    
Participation is expected and rewarded. 

Modalità di verifica dell'apprendimento

Final evaluation is the sum of the following activities:

1/3 Midterm exam.  
1/3 Evaluation of three written paper mandatory for each student during the semester.
1/3 Final exam writing and defending a 4000 words paper.

No Make up exams

Strumenti a supporto della didattica

Teaching materials: the didactic material presented in class will be made available to the student in electronic format. Such material should be printed and brought to class.  Log in: http://campus.unibo.it/  Username and password are reserved for students enrolled at the University of Bologna.

Orario di ricevimento

Consulta il sito web di Piergiorgio Degli Esposti