In principle, all course material will be distributed by the responsible teachers of the course or part of course. Depending on the teacher, it is possible that in addition, the students will have to take a written exam.
In principle, each teacher has decided beforehand how the students will carry out the course. The typical completion of the course requires: (1) active attendance; (2) active participation in the course sessions including the timely completion of the assignments; and, possibly and depending on the teacher and the course part, (3) success in a written exam. The assignments either have to be completed by each course session or soon thereafter, or after the course or part of course has finished.
The normal University of Helsinki Faculty of the Social Sciences grading scheme applies. 1/5 is the lowest pass grade, and 5/5 the highest. The grade will be marked in official records only after the student will have completed all items in this 10 study points (and ECTS) course.
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)
Language of instruction: English