Undergraduate course

The Social Web

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codeINFO115
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Resources

Level of Study


Semester of Instruction


Objectives and Content

The course introduces students to theories about and technologies for the social web, with applications such as community building, mass collaboration, social networking, blogging, and social gaming. The aim is to give students a thorough understanding of social web technologies and social network services and their application, including issues such as privacy, ethics, trust, reputation, and addiction. Topics to be addressed include the history of the social web, social navigation, social network theory, diffusion of technology and participation. Finally, the course will investigate the power of social technology by examining uses such as social justice, marketing and political change.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course the student should be able to:

  • present important theories relevant to the social web.
  • demonstrate theoretical knowledge of social technology.
  • explain about privacy, ethics, trust and reputation in the use of social technologies.
  • demonstrate theoretical knowledge of the power of social technology.
  • demonstrate familiarity with a broad range of social technologies.
  • describe and explain basic concepts of the social web.
  • compare and contrast different social technologies.
  • analyze and evaluate social technologies.
  • use social technologies for various purposes.

Required Previous Knowledge


Recommended Previous Knowledge

INFO100 or equivalent

Access to the Course


Teaching and learning methods

12-16 two-hour lectures, 10-16 two-hour seminars

Teaching Methods and Extent of Organized Teaching

12-16 two-hour lectures, 10-16 two-hour seminars

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

There will be mandatory group assignments which must be completed and approved.

Mandatory participation: Attendance at mandatory labs (at least 80%).

Forms of Assessment

  • One individual assignment (50%)
  • 3 hours written exam (50%)

Grading Scale

Letter grade (A-F).

Subject Overlap

INFO115 overlaps 5 ECTS with INFO114

Assessment Semester


Course Evaluation

The course is evaluated by students every three years, and by the responsible lecturer

each year.


Department of Information Science and Media Studies