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New Media Challenges - Period 4 Computer Science Program Spring 2025 Semester - Extended - Amsterdam

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New Media Challenges - Period 4

New Media Challenges - Period 4 Course Overview

OVERVIEW

CEA CAPA Partner Institution: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Primary Subject Area: Media Studies
Instruction in: English
Course Code: S_NMC
Transcript Source: Partner Institution
Course Details: Level 300
Recommended Semester Credits: 3
Contact Hours: 84

DESCRIPTION

Media are omnipresent in our society. While many digital media offer exciting new possibilities for interpersonal contact, customer service and democratization, they also have a dark side and can bring about negative effects (such as privacy violations, or fake news influencing elections). A crucial question for any communication scientist is thus how to deal with these new challenges posed by media. Did recent developments in the media landscape fundamentally change society and do we need new theories to explain how media are used? Or can still we explain their use and effects through classic theories? In this course, we will take a theory- and evidence-based approach to address these issues. That is, we will focus on a number of core topics rated to media challenges such as trust vs. truth, power over information, wellbeing of media users, and information overload and bubbles. We will zoom in on each of these challenges by looking at communication-scientific theory and recently published empirical studies. This approach will teach you how to approach and address such challenges from an academic perspective. We will specifically focus on the challenges through the lens of the three spheres of communication: (1) the micro sphere which focuses on the individual, (2) the meso sphere which deals with organizations and their stakeholders, and (3) the macro sphere which concerns society at large. These three lenses help students to understand how different subfields of communication science (micro: media psychology; meso: organizational and marketing communication; macro: public communication) deal with new media challenges. Finally, this course prepares students for writing a bachelor thesis and for a comprehensive start in one of the specialization tracks in the master's program in communication science.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU Amsterdam) awards credits based on the ECTS system. Contact hours listed under a course description may vary due to the combination of lecture-based and independent work required for each course therefore, CEA?s recommended credits are based on the ECTS credits assigned by VU Amsterdam. 1 ECTS equals 28 contact hours assigned by VU Amsterdam.

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