New course from DECIDIS triples student sign-ups

The DECIDIS course Digital Democratic Citizenship runs for the second time this semester. “In the course we critically evaluate what happens at the intersection of digital media technology and democratic citizenship,” says Christina Neumayer, course coordinator and lecturer. Since last semester, sign-ups have tripled and students across the different study programs at the IT University attend the course.

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The course aims to enable students to apply analytical thinking to critically dissect utopian and dystopian claims about digital democratic citizenship, relate discussions to a larger historical context, identify, evaluate, and apply different theoretical lenses on digital democratic citizenship. The course focusses on getting the students to discuss what citizenship is and what it means in a digital and democratic perspective.

A current student says that, “The course is taught on a high level and introduces notions from political science, philosophy and technology studies. It might sound dry and boring but it feels highly relevant, not just for my future job situation but also for my everyday life. The course provides a critical approach to the internet as a democratic space, and challenges notions of equal participation. It almost makes me want to be an activist!”