Digitalisation, Surveillance & Societies

While digitalisation brings many opportunities, big data, artificial intelligence (AI), and social media platforms involve an unprecedented collection of personal information, raising global challenges about privacy and security. Social media monitoring can sway elections, spark civil strife and serve to predict expected social patterns and behaviour. Algorithms determine who gets to see which online information and advertisements, but also who is considered a public threat. Also in everyday life, useful apps or tools may induce surveillance. Easy access to messaging and surveillance cameras compel neighbours to report on anything suspicious in their neighbourhood. Location tracking of family and friends has become common practice in ways perceived as both caring and controlling. Health and lifestyle apps provide insights about one’s well-being, while provoking their own privacy and ethical concerns.

The integration of digital technologies into a range of everyday practices create and perpetuate a number of contemporary and cross-sector issues that require critical reflection about data collection, discrimination, privacy violations, and disruptions by and through digital media.

Programme features

The curriculum is small-scale, intensive and interactive. Seminars, workshops, field trips and guest lectures provide a varied and challenging programme. Much attention is given to academic skills: you learn to present, debate, write and analyse. You receive support from an enthusiastic team of international lecturers. Your own input is valued and counts as part of your assessment. In addition, you can expect intensive, individual guidance when writing your master thesis.

Overview courses

Please note that the content, themes and scheduling of seminars and workshops is subject to change and may vary in subsequent academic years.

Term 1

Course code: CM4601
Student workload: 5 EC

Course code: CM4602
Student workload: 5 EC

Term 1-2

Course code: CM4304

Student workload: 10 EC

Term 2

Course code: CM4604
Student workload: 5 EC

Vigilant Audiences, Visibility and ReputationCM42525EC
Surveillance and the Media CM4650

Term 3

Course code: CM4605
Student workload: 5 EC

Roaming the Digital World: Data Analytics for Business & SocietyCM41045EC
Unboxing the AlgorithmCM4606

Term 1-4

Course code: CM4500

Student workload: 2 EC

Course code: CM5000

Student workload: 18 EC

Disclaimer: The content, themes and scheduling of seminars and workshops is subject to change and may vary in subsequent academic years.

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