Youth Participation in Digital Era
Category 'Best Course for New Knowledge and Skills'
Type: Elective course (Modern Social Analysis)
Area of studies: Sociology
Delivered by: Department of Sociology
When: 2 year, 1, 2 module
Mode of studies: offline
Instructors: Yulia Epanova, Yana Krupets
Master’s programme: Modern Social Analysis
ECTS credits: 8
Contact hours: 64
The focus will be done on the analysis of the concepts of civic engagement/civic participation/citizenship and on the relationship between youth, its civic participation and digital technologies. The interaction between media and society is uneven: different groups demonstrate different degrees of involvement in the media context and in the life of the society. During the course, we will learn about theories that describe the modern civic participation, citizenship, Digital age, digital participation, digital citizenship as well as the concepts of Traditional and New Media, Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants. The impact of digital technologies on the everyday civic life of young people and the active role of young people in the creation, use and redefinition of new digital technologies will be examined. The special focus will be done on the role and social meaning of Internet in the everyday civic participation and engagement of young people. The course will present the theoretical backgrounds of studying youth civic participation in the digital world and will include the practical part of conducting empirical research of this topic.
- The aim of this course is to discuss the concept of youth civic participation in the context of Digital age. The focus will be done on the analysis of the concepts of civic engagement/civic participation/citizenship and on the relationship between youth, its civic participation and digital technologies
Expected Learning Outcomes
- - improve and develop his/her intellectual and cultural level
- - identify socially significant problems and propose solutions to them based on the use of relevant scientific theories, concepts,approaches and social technologies
- - identify socially significant problems and propose solutions to them based on the use of relevant scientific theories, concepts, approaches and social technologies
- - be able to identify the needs and interests of social groups, propose mechanisms for their coordination among themselves for the development of social communities
- - identify and discover patterns, invent new ways and instruments of professional activity
- - build a trajectory of professional development and career
- - be able to conduct professional (including research) activities in the international environment
- - be able to organize professional activities based on legal and professional standards
- - be able to organize and maintain communications with research institutions and analytical services on information exchange.
- Civic participation/engagement/citizenshipIn this course chapter the students will discuss the main theoretical approach for main concepts of the course: citizenship, civic engagement, civic participation, civic activism. These concepts are overlapping sometimes, students will understand the differences between them and the main theoretical arguments concerning youth engagement.
- Digital youthIn this course chapter the students will discuss the evolution of technology and media in the 21th century, the formation and features of the Digital Society, theories of Digital Society and the Digital Age. Digital Media will be analyzed in the context of different age groups usage. The special focus will be done on the digital divides: digital natives vs. digital immigrants (Marc Prensky), NET-Generation (Don Tapscott). «Grown up digital»: features of digital natives.
- Research Project “Youth Digital Participation”In this part of the course, students will have to conduct their own research project on the topic of digital youth activism. The results of this project will be presented at the exam
- In-class participationIn-class participation – activity during seminars
- HomeworkHomework – presentation of auto-ethnography (the analysis of personal experience of civic activity and participation in digital world)
- ExamExam: in the format of power point presentation of the results of the research project
- Interim assessment (2 module)0.5 * Exam + 0.2 * Homework + 0.3 * In-class participation
Recommended Core Bibliography
- Subrahmanyam, K., & Šmahel, D. (2011). Digital Youth : The Role of Media in Development. New York: Springer. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=371311
- The Oxford handbook of citizenship edited by Ayelet Shachar, Rainer Bauböck, Irene Bloemraad, Maarten Vink. (2017). Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.490782183
Recommended Additional Bibliography
- Gardner, H., & Davis, K. (2013). The App Generation : How Today’s Youth Navigate Identity, Intimacy, and Imagination in a Digital World. New Haven: Yale University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=649244
- Jakob Linaa Jensen. (2015). William H. Dutton: The Oxford Handbook of Internet Studies, Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2013 og Jeremy Hunsinger & Theresa M. Senft (Eds): The Social Media Handbook, New York: Routledge. 2013. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.41384507
- Terkla, D. G., & O’Leary, L. S. (2014). Assessing Civic Engagement : New Directions for Institutional Research, Number 162. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=957017