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This course introduces you to new digital technologies and practices from an interdisciplinary perspective in order to address this question. We will distinguish and connect approaches within Media Studies, Geography, Sociology, Anthropology and Political Science.

Through lectures, readings and assignments, you will explore how digital transformations are both embedded in specific cultural contexts and part of global economic structures. You will be introduced to key concepts and case studies from the different disciplines, enabling you to critically reflect on, and intervene in, current digital practices. A central question is whether and how these practices mitigate or exacerbate social inequalities.


Mr Thomas Poell


You can find the timetable on Datanose

Entry requirements

Open for second-year and third-year Bachelor's students and other interested parties, such as contract students or students from other Dutch higher education institutions. Master's students can only participate if there are still spots available.


UvA Bachelor's students can register from 19 to 26 June 2023 in the GLASS registration rounds. Master’s students can send a short motivation to

‘Bijvak’ students and contract students can register until one week prior to the start of the course, by completing the online registration form.

Please note: as a contract student you can choose to participate either including or excluding assessment. If you choose the latter, you only have access to the six lectures of the course. If you also wish to attend the seminars, please choose 'including assessment'. 

If you have any trouble while registering, please contact us at


Prices can be found on the IIS website.

More information

SDGs in education

The IIS strives to reflect current societal issues and challenges in our elective courses, honours modules and degree programmes and attempts to integrate the following Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in this course. For more information about these goals, please visit the SDGs website.

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