MA in Information Studies - Digital Living
WORK AND SOCIAL LIFE IN THE ERA OF SMART MACHINES AND SOCIAL MEDIA
How do social media influence us? How do digital technologies constrain or liberate social practices? How do digital technologies shift our understanding of production, commerce and organisation?
The MA in Information Studies – Digital Living focuses on digital technologies as they are used in everyday life. It’s all about selfies, cat videos and crowdfunding. This is a new discipline, and students who pursue it have the opportunity to consider how to design a better future by exploring the intersection of networked sociality, organisational practices and IT design.
CROSS-DISCIPLINARY KNOWLEDGE AND APPROACHES
The programme takes a multidisciplinary approach to studying digital living by focusing on three main strands – the sociological, the constructing, and the entrepreneurial strand. Research in media and information studies at Aarhus University is highly ranked and many of the professors are internationally recognised. In addition, this is the only programme of its kind to be offered in English in Denmark.
Courses are designed to build students’ competencies to engage with a digitally saturated life and to become active citizens and critical consumers in the digital world. Additionally, in the third semester, students have the opportunity to study abroad, do an internship, pursue their own digital living projects, or take further courses at Aarhus University.
AN INTERNATIONAL LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
This programme will be home to a diverse group of students both in academic background and nationalities, and the skills and perspectives that each student brings will become a resource for all. Students will also learn how to interact with people from different cultures on a daily basis. Non-native English speakers will get accustomed to speaking and writing in English.
Graduates will be skilled in innovation and will have a strong understanding of the complexities of digital technologies in cultural contexts. This will qualify them for a variety of careers in both the public and private sector. There is a growing need within private companies for people who can build bridges between different departments when working with social and mobile media, and in the public sector, organisations are pushing to digitise public administration. Many students may land as digital analysts or social media developers. They will also be equipped to enter a PhD programme in information studies or a similar field.
Students should have a bachelor’s in the humanities or arts, business administration or psychology. This is a very new academic discipline, so students should be intellectually curious, innovative and keen to try out the new.
Full-time studies are equivalent to 60 ECTS per year. In the first two semesters, students will take three courses each semester, each course equivalent to 10 ECTS (see table). This includes courses on digital identities and social media, which, together with a course on digital organisations in the third semester, comprise the sociological strand of the programme. The constructing strand introduces students to the principles and practices of programming in two courses on dynamic web design. Lastly, the entrepreneurial strand comprises courses on digital economies and innovation and on project management. In the third semester, students can choose between an internship, a digital living project under supervision, or an academic profiling course.
Among a range of options, students might build digital media apps that provide the public with improved access to public administration; do intern-based research within healthcare IT – for example to enable those with a chronic illness to live at home; conduct guided qualitative or quantitative analyses of social media to trace patterns of use, identify new trends or critically examine a range of digital-culture issues and concerns; or practise applying data-mining techniques for appropriate marketing and/or information management.
PLACE OF STUDY
ANNUAL TUITION FEE
EU/EEA/Swiss citizens: FREE
Others: EUR 8000
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Last updated June 15, 2016