Checking date: 08/05/2020

Course: 2019/2020

Communication and participation of civil society in the internet
Study: Dual Bachelor in Journalism and Film, Television and Media Studies (231)


Department assigned to the subject: Department of Communication

Type: Basic Core
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Branch of knowledge: Social Sciences and Law

Competences and skills that will be acquired and learning results. Further information on this link
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.
Description of contents: programme
SECTION I: The Information Society Subject 1. From the Information Society to the Networked Society. The origin of the internet and social media. Internet use worldwide. Subject 2. The digital divide. Technological development indexes per country. Subject 3. Background of the Internet. Who manages it? How? Digital privacy and security. Subject 4. Hacker Ethics, hacktivism. Wikileaks, Anonymous. Subject 5. The Commons. Free culture, resources, licenses. Open Science and education. Subject 6. Open Government and Open Data. Transparency. Civic technologies. SECTION II: (Ciber)activism and Social Movements Subject 7. (Ciber)activism. The role of the internet in the uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa, the May 15 movement, Occupy Wall Street. Subject 8. Internet and Censorship. Circumvention tools to bypass censorship under authoritarian regimes. SECTION III: New trends Subject 9. The crowd phenomena and citizen Journalism. Background, theoretical approaches, controversy. Subject 10. Digital and collaborative economy. Subject 11. Transmedia. 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, such as crowdsourcing.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 0
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 100
Basic Bibliography
  • .. Revista Telos. Fundación Telefónica. Segunda y tercera temporadas
  • AA.VV. . How to Bypass Internet Censorship.. Free Software Foundation, Boston. 2011.
  • BOWMAN, Shayne y WILLIS Chris.. Nosotros, el medio. Cómo las audiencias están modelando el futuro de la noticias y la información.. The Media Center at The American Press Institute. Reston. Publicado en PDF y HTML. Disponible en español como E-Book: 2003
  • CARDOSO, Gustavo.. Los medios de comunicación en la Sociedad en Red. Filtros, escaparates y noticias.. UOC, Barcelona.. 2008
  • 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
  • ESPIRITUSANTO, ÓSCAR. Periodismo ciudadano. Evolución positiva de la comunicación.. Madrid: Ariel/Fundación Telefónica.. 2011
  • GILLMOR, Dan.. We the Media. . Sebastopol: O'Reilly Media.. 2006
  • JENKINGS, Henry. Convergence Culture. MIT. 2008
  • Jeff Jarvis. Partes públicas: Por qué compartir en la era digital mejora nuestra manera de trabajar y vivir. Gestión 2000. 2012
  • MAGALLÓN, RAÚL. Unfaking news. Cómo combatir la desinformación.. Pirámide. 2019
  • MCKINNON Rebecca. Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle For Internet Freedom. Basic Books. 2012
  • MOLINA CAÑABATE, Juan Pedro. Transmedia y Storytelling. En Prospectivas y tendencias para la comunicación en el siglo XXI. . Valencia. CEU Ediciones. . 2013.
  • MacKinnon, Rebecca. Consent of the Networked. Basic Books . 2012
  • PÉREZ, Jorge.. La gobernanza de Internet.. Madrid: Ariel/Fundación Telefónica.. 2008
  • RODRÍGUEZ FERNÁNDEZ, Óscar . Community Manager. Conviértete en experto en "Social Media" . Anaya Multimedia. . (2011)
  • SCOLARI, Carlos . Narrativas transmedia. Deusto. 2012
  • TASCÓN, Mario y QUINTANA, Yolanda. . Ciberactivismo. Las nuevas revoluciones de las multitudes conectadas. . Catarata. 2012
Additional Bibliography
  • CASTELLS, Manuel. (2001). La Galaxia Internet.. Barcelona : Plaza & Janés Editores.
  • COBO ROMANÍ, Cristóbal; PARDO KUKLINSKI, Hugo. (2007).. Planeta Web 2.0. Inteligencia colectiva o medios fast food.. Grup de Recerca d'Interaccions Digitals, Universitat de Vic.Flacso México. Barcelona / México DF. E-book de acceso gratuito.Versión 0.1.
  • DIEZHANDINO NIETO, M. Pilar (Dra.); CARRERA, Pilar, SANDOVAL, Teresa, y otros.. Periodismo en la era de Internet. Claves para entender la situación actual de la información periodística en España.. Madrid: Ariel/Fundación Telefónica.. 2008
  • 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.
  • FUMERO, Antonio y ROCA, Genís (2007).. Web 2.0.. Fundación Orange. Madrid.
  • GEHRING, Verna V., Ed., (2004). The Internet in public life.. Oxford : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers..
  • KAWAMOTO, Kewin, Edit. (2003). Digital Journalism: Emerging Media and the Changing Horizons of Journalism .. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers..
  • KLOTZ, Robert J. (2004).. The Politics of Internet Communication .. Oxford : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers..
  • LÓPEZ GARCÍA, Guillermo, (ed.) (2005). Ecosistema Digital. Modelos de Comunicación, nuevos medios y público en Internet.. Servei de Publicacions de la Universidat de València. Edición digital en DVD y PDF.
  • 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..
  • ROJAS, Octavio I. (Coordinador) (2007). Web 2.0.. Madrid : ESIC Editorial..

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