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Department of Informatics

Lund University School of Economics and Management

Theory and Philosophy of Social Media

EIN004F, INFORMATICS, 7.5 ECTS CREDITS

The course is offered on the PhD programme in Informatics, to PhD students within the Research School Management and IT (MIT) and to external PhD students.

The course will be given on campus at the Department of Informatics in Lund. In case of any developments regarding the pandemic situation, adjustments can be made to adapt to any new rules regarding campus teaching which will be communicated with the students in due time. 

Course background

The course focuses on critical readings of social media. It emphasizes on developing knowledge of social media that is rooted in classical philosophical traditions. This knowledge is aimed at understanding the ‘social’ or sociality in social media, communication and dialogue, subjective and objective reality, truth, power and politics, democracy and participation, and ideology and culture. The aim from the course is to conceptualize and discuss a critical social theory of social media. 

Course content

The course will be structured around main themes in the literature. These include the following:

  • Social media technologies and their role in social life
  • Human sociality in social media
  • Philosophical accounts of the social 
  • Philosophical accounts of digital technology 
  • Structures of power, community, and human sociality. 
  • The public sphere, social behavior, social facts, and social relations.  
  • Critical theory of social media

Course design

The course is designed to include extensive discussions of literature on classic philosophy (Weber, Marx, Durkheim, Tönnies, and others) in relation to the following themes:

  • What is social in social media.
  • Social relations and structures of power in social media
  • Individual and community behavior in social media
  • Critical theory and philosophy of social media; on power, truth, democracy, and capitalism

Assessment

The assessment is based on seminar discussions (group reading circles) as well as final course paper as follows: 

  • Reading the literature on one of the main course themes and leading a lecture and discussion during reading circles (3.5 credits)
  • Writing and presenting an individual publishable paper on a selected theme based on the work of a classic philosopher (4 credits)

 

COURSE DIRECTOR

Osama Mansour
Senior lecturer

osama.mansour@ics.lu.se
Phone: +46 46 222 80 58
Room: EC2-267

Osama Mansour

Additional information

Course syllabus

Course literature 

Schedule

Doctoral level (Third cycle)
Teaching language: English
Teaching: On campus
Offered: Autumn 2022
Course period: 2022-08-29—2023-01-15
Study pace: 25%
The course is free of charge.

Application

You are welcome to submit an application by sending an email to Mari Lundberg at mari.lundberg@ics.lu.se. Please, include in the email:

  • your name and personal ID number, 
  • doctoral thesis title or main theme
  • subject area of study, department and university
  • your progress level i.e. how far you are in the PhD process 
  • a short motivation explaining the reasons for joining the course and how it is relevant to your thesis work
  • attach a pdf-document to the email which explains that your supervisor approves of your participation in the course – signed by your supervisor.

Deadline for applications: 15 August 2022

Admission & Selection

An email will sent out to all accepted students within two weeks after the application deadline.

If the number of applicants exceeds available places, applicants are prioritised as follows:

  1. PhD students from the Department of Informatics
  2. PhD students from the research school Managment and IT (MIT)
  3. PhD students from other departments at LUSEM
  4. External PhD students (outside MIT and LUSEM)

The applicant's PhD level (ie how far into the PhD process) and relevance of research area can also be taken into account in the selection.