Undergraduate course

The Social Web

Level of Study


Teaching semester


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

A student who has completed the course should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


The candidate

  • knows important theories relevant to the social web.
  • has theoretical knowledge of social technology.
  • has knowledge about privacy, ethics, trust and reputation in the use of social
  • technologies.
  • understands the power of social technology.
  • is familiar with a broad range of social technologies.


The candidate can

  • 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

4-6 two-hour lectures, 10-16 two-hour seminars

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

There will be 4-6 mandatory individual assignments and 2-4 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

Assessment in teaching semester. Only students who have a valid document of absence will be entitled to take a new written exam the following 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


Contact Information


Exam information

  • For written exams, please note that the start time may change from 09:00 to 15:00 or vice versa until 14 days prior to the exam. The exam location will be published 14 days prior to the exam. Candidates must check their room allocation on Studentweb 3 days prior to the exam.

  • Type of assessment: Individual assignment and written exam

    Withdrawal deadline
    • Exam part: Individual assignment

      Submission deadline
      08.11.2019, 14:00
      Examination system
      Digital exam
    • Exam part: Written exam

      04.12.2019, 09:00
      3 hours
      Examination system
      Digital exam