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New Media and Society


Admission requirements

This class is restricted to BA3 students taking either the 15 or 30 EC package in Digital Humanities. For any questions regarding the admission requirements, please contact the lecturer.


This course explores a selection of major questions and debates surrounding the relationship between society and culture on one hand, and digital media on the other. Possible topics include social media, collective action, censorship, automation, knowledge economy, digital art, video games, and artificial intelligence. Students will be introduced to key moments in the history of computing and notable differences between new (hypertext, wiki, social media, virtual reality, cloud storage, etc.) and legacy media (newspaper, radio, television, film, etc.) to develop an appreciation for digital technology and the ongoing digital transformation of society.

Course objectives

By the end of the course, students will have acquired the knowledge and analytical skills for thinking intelligently about digital media from a range of humanistic perspectives such as critical theory, media studies, history, game studies, and science and technology studies.


Timetable semester 1

Mode of instruction


Attendance and active participation are obligatory for seminars. Students are required to prepare for and attend all sessions. The convenors need to be informed without delay of any classes missed for a good reason (i.e. due to unforeseen circumstances such as illness, family issues, problems with residence permits, the Dutch railways in winter, etc.). In these cases it is up to the discretion of the convener(s) of the course whether or not the missed class will have to be made up with an extra assignment. The maximum of such absences during a semester is two. Being absent without notification and/or more than two times can result in exclusion from the term end exams and a failing grade for the course.

Course Load

Total course load 5 EC x 28 hours = 140 hours

  • Seminar: 13 x 2 (26 hours)

  • Study of compulsory literature: (40 hours)

  • Assignment(s): (40 hours)

  • Paper/project preparation and writing: (34 hours)

Assessment method


  • Assignments

  • Paper


  • Attendance and Participation: (10 percent of grade)

  • Assignments: (50 percent of grade)

  • Paper: (40 percent of grade)

Final mark for the course is established by determining the weighted average.


Students who have scored an overall insufficient grade for the course may take a resit for the assignments and the Paper:

  • comprehensive take-home exam: (50 percent of grade)

  • Paper: (50 percent of grade)


Blackboard or:

Reading list

Course materials will be distributed via Blackboard.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch

Registration Studeren Contractonderwijs



M. Lukac