With digitization, that can be seen as the third wave of mediatization, deep structural changes in culture and society become apparent. We are witnessing an acceleration of innovation, new claims to participation and power, the emergence of digital public spheres and a shift towards a knowledge economy. These changes are nonetheless not caused by the emergence of digital innovations but have a variety of traceable roots in more or less recent history. But what does it mean to live in an information society or a digital world? What does the digital condition entail? How does the ongoing transformation of society change cultural practices, democratic rights and global politics?
This course on Analysing Contemporary Societies will explore this transformation in an interactive manner. The course engages with theoretical discourses that help map this transition, and at the same time relies on everyday cultural practices, contemporary social and political phenomena, and personal and individual experiences to build an analytical framework for understanding the now. We will explore different aspects and practices, which are relevant and crucial for academic, personal and democratic developments.