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.
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.
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
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
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)