All course material will be delivered by the two course teachers. The exception comprises the sole from among the books mentioned in Weboodi, taken by all students in the Examinarium examination space.
All information concerning taking the course will be given by the two course teachers. Professor Pertti Ahonen has the overall responsibility for the entire course, although is on research leave from 1 January to 30 June 2019, during which period a replacement person will take care of his duties as the so-called responsible teacher of the course.
All relevant information concerning Pertti Ahonen's half of the course will be available for the students registered to the course in a Moodle platform. The students taking the said course half will have to access the Moodle using the entry key given only to these students.
The course is open for the Governance, Organizations and Communication -track students of the GPC programme (they have priority) and other GPC students. If there are places left, the course is also open for other master’s level students and exchange students.
Methods of computational and other digital research
After the completion of the course the students will have a grounding in theoretical orientations of research on digital governance, organizations, and communication. Moreover, the students will have an awareness of the intellectual and other contexts of these orientations, and a grasp of methods applied within the orientations. The students will also have developed capabilities to utilize their learning in their Master’s thesis work and for other purposes of research and practice.
Periods 1 and 2
The course focuses on theoretical approaches to digital governance, organizations, and communication. The rationale of the course derives from the increasing digital intertwining of governance, organizations, and communication and the consequences of this intertwining from new modes of digital participation and a re-envigorated public sphere to digital divide problems and cyber threats. In addition, the contents of the course indicate methods applicable within the orientations. Moreover, the course covers political and other practical issues of governance, organizations, and communication.
The course includes some of the following: lectures, discussions, seminar, assignments, field visits, examination of books in the context of the course
- Dirk Helbing, Thinking Ahead – Essays on Big Data, Digital Revolution, and Participatory Market Society. Berlin: Springer 2015.
- Guy Lachapelle & Philille J. Maarek (eds.), Political Parties in the Digital Age: The Impact of New Technologies in Politics. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter 2016.
- Cassidy R. Sugimoto, Hamid Ekbia & Michael Mattioli, Big Data is not a Monolith. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press 2016.
- Richard Rogers, Digital Methods. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press 2015.
Grading scale 0-5 (0=fail, 1=passable,2=satisfactory, 3=good, 4=very good, 5=excellent)
There is an Examinarium exam of one book related to the 1st half of the course (I period).
Please make the time and place reservation in Examinarium: http://blogs.helsinki.fi/examinarium-en/