Checking date: 29/04/2024

Course: 2024/2025

Communication and participation of civil society in the internet
Bachelor in Journalism (Plan: 383 - Estudio: 212)


Department assigned to the subject: Communication and Media Studies Department

Type: Basic Core
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Branch of knowledge: Social Sciences and Law

Understanding the inherent mechanisms of the massive processes of communication and civil participation in the web and other multimedia devices. Gaining a broader knowledge of the latest community┬┐s information needs and participation in the media. Ability to analyze from a theoretical standpoint the following elements: the process of formation and the sphere of action of social networks and their environment, the change produced from traditional media models (based on one-way communication) to the new communication paradigm (based on feedback and two-way interaction with the audience), the limits and determining factors that affect audience feedback, and the persistence of situations of communication and information asymmetry.
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
SECTION I: The Information Society Subject 1. From the Information Society to the Networked Society. Subject 2. The digital divide. Subject 3. Who rules the internet? Subject 4. Privacy and security. Subject 5. A feminist internet. SECTION II: (Ciber)activism and Social Movements Subject 6. (Ciber)activism, mobilizations and social media. Subject 7. Online hate speech. Subject 8. The Commons. SECTION III: New trends Subject 9. Environment and ICTs. Subject 10. Open data, open government. Subject 11. Artificial intelligence and human rights. Subject 12. Pos truth era. Disinformation and citizenship.
Learning activities and methodology
This course will consist of a combination of theory seminars (3ECTS) and hands-on projects (3ECTS) in which the students will be able to put in practice the conceptual base learned in the theory seminars. The students will be required to use bibliography dynamically and to observe attentively the environmental elements susceptible to be categorized in accordance with the concepts learned. Along the semester, the students will elaborate short documented essays in which they will be expected to apply these notions and theoretical framework to real cases of communication and participation in the digital media. The hands-on projects will be supplemented with in-class analysis and debate on several experiences and platforms for citizen participation in the web, with special attention to their interaction with professional journalistic procedures or formats, and with the analysis of research on new tendencies. All these activities could be in the classroom or online. There will be group tutorials after the essays corrections.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 30
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 70
Calendar of Continuous assessment
Extraordinary call: regulations
Basic Bibliography
  • DAVIES, Rodrigo. Civic Crowdfunding: Participatory Communities, Entrepreneurs and the Political Economy of Place. . MIT Center for Civic Media. . 2014.
  • DEUZE, MARK & WITSCHE, TAMARA. Beyond Journalism. Polity Books. 2019
  • EARL Jennifer, KIMPORT, Katrina . Digitally Enabled Social Change: Activism in the Internet Age (Acting with Technology). . Massachusetts Institute of Technology. . 2011
  • GILBERT, SAM. Good Data. An Optimit's Guide to Our Digital Future.. Wellbeck . 2021
  • JENKINGS, Henry. Convergence Culture. MIT. 2008
  • MCKINNON Rebecca. Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle For Internet Freedom. Basic Books. 2012
  • SIAPERA, EUGINIA. Understanding New Media by Eugenia Siapera. SAGE Publications Ltd. 2018 (2nd edition)
  • TÚNEZ LÓPEZ, M., CAMPOS-FREIRE, F. y RODRÍGUEZ-CASTRO, M. ( Eds). The Values of Public Service Media in Internet Society. Palgrave Macmillan. 2021
  • YORK, JILLIAN C. . Silicon Values. The future of free speech under surveillance capitalism.. Verso. 2021
Recursos electrónicosElectronic Resources *
Additional Bibliography
  • CASTELLS, Manuel. (1997) .. La sociedad red. La era de la información. Economía, sociedad y cultura. Vol. 1. Madrid : Alianza Editorial..
  • CASTELLS, Manuel. (2001). La Galaxia Internet.. Barcelona : Plaza & Janés Editores.
  • DIEZHANDINO NIETO, M. Pilar (Dra.);.. Periodismo Digital en tiempos de crisis. Un caso de estudio: el tratamiento de la inmigración en los medios. . Madrid: Ariel/Fundación Telefónica.. 2009
  • FEENBERG, Andrew , . BARNEY, Darin (Edits). (2004). Community in the digital age : philosophy and practice. Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
  • GEHRING, Verna V., Ed., (2004). The Internet in public life.. Oxford : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers..
  • KLOTZ, Robert J. (2004).. The Politics of Internet Communication .. Oxford : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers..
  • McCAUGHEY, Martha; AYERS, Michael D., Edits., (2003).. Cyberactivism: Online Activism in Theory and Practice. New York : Routledge..
  • RHEINGOLD, Howard. (2004). Multitudes inteligentes .. Barcelona : Gedisa Editorial..
Recursos electrónicosElectronic Resources *
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