[Air-L] teaching social computing / critical social media?

Alison Powell a.powell at lse.ac.uk
Wed Jul 4 02:12:36 PDT 2012

Hi Dan,

I taught a similar course last year at LSE, for MSc Media students - the 
content was much the same but I organized the course around the theme of 
the transformation of the relationship between the citizen and the 
state. The first section was theoretical, the second was empirical (case 
studies of transformations including open data and policing) and the 
third was methodological.  We spent a lot of time working with Scott 
Lash's ideas about post-hegemony, especially as they might apply to 
different forms of mediated citizenship.

Next year I'm thinking of making the theme civic hacking, and include 
more on making, what you call 'getting stuff done' and something on 
citizen science.  I'd be interested to know what readings you were 
working with . . . maybe we could even organize a joint event or 
symposium for students??


On 03/07/2012 22:14, dan mcquillan wrote:
> hi there
> in the last academic year i prototyped a 20 week course for 2nd year
> computing students called 'social computing'. i append below the
> syllabus and a link to the blog where the raw(!) slides and lecture
> notes can be found under a CC-by-nc-sa license.
> i'll also be teaching a 1st year version this year, and an MA module.
> i'd be interested to hear from anyone who's also teaching a social
> computing / critical social media course or similar, especially with
> ideas and/or notes to share :).
> the syllabus:
> 1. the emergence of web 2.0
> 2. internet infrastructure & global social media
> 3. seeing through social networks
> 4. the dark side of social networks
> 5. open source code, copyright & culture
> 6. programming & participatory culture
> 7. computing and crowds
> 8. crowdsourcing, flashmobs & crowdfunding
> 9. social computing & business
> 10. social business
> 11. datascapes 1: tracking, scraping & opendata
> 12. datascapes 2: visualisation & big data
> 13. liveness
> 14. mobile
> 15. civic hacking
> 16. civic hacking case studies
> 17 hackspaces & 3D printing
> 18 getting stuff done: agile, lean & startups
> 19 critical theory
> 20 review (pub quiz!)
> thanks to barry wellman for the heads up on 'Networked'.
> cheers
> dan
> http://www.gold.ac.uk/computing/staff/d-mcquillan/
> _______________________________________________
> The Air-L at listserv.aoir.org mailing list
> is provided by the Association of Internet Researchers http://aoir.org
> Subscribe, change options or unsubscribe at: http://listserv.aoir.org/listinfo.cgi/air-l-aoir.org
> Join the Association of Internet Researchers:
> http://www.aoir.org/

Dr Alison Powell
Department of Media and Communication
London School of Economics
Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE
a.powell at lse.ac.uk
Twitter: @a_b_powell

More information about the Air-L mailing list