Due to the Corona virus it is unclear how the programmes will take place. For the latest news please check the course page in Blackboard/Brightspace.

Prospectus

nl en

Political Activism and Engagement in the Digital Age

Course
2013-2014

Tag(s)

GJ, PA

Admission Requirements

-

Description

The Internet is being considered a powerful platform used by pro-democracy activists to negotiate and sometimes push for reform-based political changes. But is that really the case? Are digital activists the new change instigators? What are the complexities involved in digital activism? Is it ethically right to bolster the new media and networking capabilities of civil society organizations to enable democratic reforms in the global south? Is it within an authoritarian regime’s right to implement restrictions to the various social media sites in a bid to fend off marauding digital activists? These questions and several others will be on the menu in this course, which attempts to probe the vitality, potentiality and ability of communication and technological changes in driving democratic participation around the world. Various cases and concepts including the Arab Spring, Wikileaks, clicktivism and the cute cat theory of digital activism will be explored.

Course Objectives

-

Mode of Instruction

-

Assessment

To be confirmed in course syllabus.

Literature

-

Contact Information

b.mutsvairo@luc.leidenuniv.nl

Weekly Overview

-

Preparation for first session

-