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Black Mirror, our human condition in a digitalised society

Unfortunately the course Black Mirror and the waiting list are both full, which means that applying for this course isn’t possible anymore. There is a slight chance that there will be some available places just before the course starts in September, so please try again in the end of August.

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?

Recommended prior knowledge



Dr. M. Baerveldt


Reading assignments, a paper and final presentation.


See Datanose.



  • UvA-students can register themselves from June 11, (look for code 5512BLMI6Y in SIS) until a week before the start of the course. If you have any trouble while registering please contact: 

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Other parties

  • This course is not accessible to other interested parties. 
Black Mirror, our human condition in a digitalised society
Mode Short-term
Credits 6 ECTS,
Language of instruction English
Starts in September