Checking date: 29/04/2024

Course: 2024/2025

Communication and participation of civil society in the internet
Dual Bachelor in Journalism and Humanities Studies (Plan: 414 - Estudio: 282)


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. 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. 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
  • .. Revista Telos. Fundación Telefónica. Segunda y tercera temporadas
  • AA.VV. . How to Bypass Internet Censorship.. Free Software Foundation, Boston. 2011.
  • BAUMAN, ZYGMUNT y LYON, DAVID . Vigilancia líquida. Austral. 2015
  • BOTÉ, JUAN-JOSÉ. Vídeo para redes sociales. Guía de iniciación en la publicación y difusión. UOC. 2019
  • 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
  • ELÍAS, CARLOS. El selfie de Galileo. Ediciones Península. 2015
  • ESPIRITUSANTO, ÓSCAR. Periodismo ciudadano. Evolución positiva de la comunicación.. Madrid: Ariel/Fundación Telefónica.. 2011
  • ESPIRITUSANTO, ÓSCAR Y GONZALO, PAULA. Periodismo ciudadano. Evolución positiva de la comunicación.. Madrid: Ariel/Fundación Telefónica.. 2011
  • ESPIRITUSANTO, ÓSCAR y GONZALO, PAULA. Periodismo ciudadano. Evolución positiva de la comunicación.. Madrid: Ariel/Fundación Telefónica.. 2011
  • JENKING, Henry. Convergence Culture: La cultura de la convergencia de los medios de comunicación.. Paidós Ibérica. 2008
  • JENKINGS, Henry. Convergence Culture. MIT. 2008
  • JIMÉNEZ SOLER, IGNACIO . La nueva desinformación. Veinte ensayos breves contra la manipulación . UOC. 2020
  • 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.
  • MOLINA CAÑABATE, Juan Pedro. Transmedia y Storytelling. En Prospectivas y tendencias para la comunicación en el siglo XXI. . Valencia. CEU Ediciones. . 2013.
  • PÉREZ, Jorge.. La gobernanza de Internet.. Madrid: Ariel/Fundación Telefónica.. 2008
  • REDONDO, MIRIAN. Verificación de contenidos. UOC. 2018
  • 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
Recursos electrónicosElectronic Resources *
Additional Bibliography
  • CALLEJA, JOSÉ MARÍA . Lo bueno de España: Una crónica histórica ante el ataque nacionalista que reivindica el valor de España. Planeta. 2020
  • 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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