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Globalization, Politics and Social Media

7.5 credits

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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 10-11 July, 2020.


In Kalmar, Linnaeus University is located in the city centre. Universitetskajen is entirely newly-built and located just next to the sea. Here you become part of a creative knowledge environment.

The city centre is also where most students live. Everything is available within a ten-minute bicycle ride, regardless of whether you want to take a swim in the sea, study, do some shopping, or work out. Historical buildings and cobblestone streets give charm to the city. When it is sunny, the area next to Kalmar Castle’s moat is filled with studying and sunbathing students. Student life is a natural part of Kalmar. This is where your dream of the future begins!

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