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Globalization, Politics and Social Media

7.5 credits

Globalization is a major transformation of patterns of interaction and integration among citizens, companies, civil society organizations, media, and states, with multiple of driving forces in political decision-making, trade and investment. Information technology and social media has been another driver of globalization. It is clear we are living in a time of unprecedented technological change. What is less clear is the effect this change has on politics and power. This course will take students through different views on the relationship between the internet and global power. Specifically, we will examine how the Internet impacts global systems (financial, labor, political, social, cultural) and how global actors (both powerful and powerless) use the Internet to either preserve or disrupt these systems. Students are encouraged to develop independent projects with possibilities of field studies.

This course is offered within the framework of Linnaeus University Summer Academy.

The course period starts with Welcome and Orientation Programme 12-13 July, 2019

Kalmar

The city of Kalmar is situated on the southeast coast of Sweden. Kalmar is a beautiful city with 65,000 inhabitants and a long history dating back to the Middle Ages, with many cosy neighbourhoods and great charm. The lush green areas surrounding Kalmar Castle and the city park are many students' favourite.

The proximity to the ocean and the island of Öland has left its mark on the city and there are many long pedestrian paths along the coast. It is never far to anything in Kalmar and most places can be reached in just 5-10 minutes' walk – the university, the ocean, the gym, or the city centre, Kvarnholmen.

In Kalmar the university buildings and student accommodations are spread throughout the town and are well integrated with the historical surroundings – making students feel part of the town.

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