Only the following categories of students can register for this course:
Students of the second year of the bachelor’s programme CADS
Exchange students admitted for this specific course during their application procedure
N.B. Completing this course may be required to register for the third-year course Selected Bibliography and Bachelor Thesis.
Language of Instruction
Lectures are given in English.
Assignments are written in English.
This course examines how digital technologies have transformed human life. It aims to rethink classic anthropological subjects - such as politics, law, science, religion, language, money, and war - by focusing on their contemporary manifestations. We ask how such subjects are being reconfigured in the age of online disinformation, algorithmic discrimination, artificial intelligence, virtual/augmented reality, machine translation, high-frequency trading, and drone warfare. We consider not only how digital infrastructures can have unintended effects and reproduce entrenched inequalities - including those based on race, gender, sexuality, class, and ability - but also how people from around the world have resisted, appropriated, and reimagined the digital.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
Define and explain basic concepts of digital anthropology, and apply them to new contexts
Discuss the social transformations produced by digital technologies, and provide concrete examples
Distinguish and recognise the implications of specific digital technologies for different groups of people in various times and places
Dates can be found on our website.
Mode of Instruction
This is a 10 ECTS course, which means 280 hours of study (1 ECTS is equivalent to 28 study hours or sbu). These 280 study hours are composed of the following components:
Lectures: 12 x 2 hours = 24 x 1,5 = 36 sbu
Literature: ca. 1,000 pages = 160 sbu
Written assignments: ca. 3,600 words = 48 sbu
Final project: 36 sbu
Two written assignments: 60% of final mark
Final project: 40% of final mark
Only the final mark is registered in Usis. A final pass mark is 6,0 and higher; a final mark of 5,0 or lower is deemed inadequate. Final marks between 5,0 and 6,0 are never awarded. Only if the final mark is inadequate may the final exam be re-taken, during the re-sit.
Registration in My Studymap
Registration for the lectures in My Studymap is mandatory for all students. Registration closes 5 days before the start of the course. Carefully read all information about the procedures and deadlines for registering for courses and exams.
Confirming your exams
Students need not register for the examination via My Studymap, because this course does not include a single final examination.
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