Black Mirror, our human condition in a digitalised society


Dr. M. Baerveldt


At the end of the course the student can:

  • Reflect upon and critically analyse the impact of digitalization on society and our human condition.
  • Take a stance on when digitalization is desired and when not.
  • Explore the interaction between human and technology.


Black Mirror, our human condition in a digitalised society:

Set in a world only minutes from our own, "Black Mirror" unveils how modern technologies can backfire or be used against their makers. The Netflix sci-fi anthology series explores a twisted, high-tech near-future where humanity's greatest innovations and darkest instincts collide. In this course we’ll use several episodes from this series to help our collective imagination. Different disciplines will shed their light upon what the consequences of the growing digital presence in our society are. How will new smart and great inventions impact the way we live our day to day lives? What are our ethical markers in the digital world? What will super digital intelligence do with what it means to be human? Why do we feel anxious or threatened by this development? How should governments react and what is the role of civic society in all this?


Reading assignments, a paper and final presentation.


Fridays 13.00 - 17.00h

  • 2 november
  • 9 november
  • 16 november
  • 30 november
  • 14 december

The timetable will be displayed on Datanose as soon as possible.


UvA-students can register themself from June 14 (look for code 5512BLMI6Y in SIS) until a week before the start of the course. If you have any trouble while registering please contact: 

This course is not accessible to other interested parties.

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Published by  Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies