Knowledge Construction and Social Practices


1.     To be able to conceptualize the relationship between knowledge, technological innovation and power structures not only in univocal causal terms, but also as co-production and co-determination.

2.     To acquire a thorough knowledge the impacts of digital technologies on the production and dissemination of knowledge.

3.    To be able to critically analyze the relationship between forms of knowledge, social relations and power structures.

4.    To acquire a in-depth knowledge and critical evaluation of some of the most relevant implications attributed to the digital transformation.

5.    Have a well-grounded knowledge of the main current trends and the probable lines of future development in the creation and diffusion of knowledge.

6.     Know how to project, in an articulated and well-founded way, a personal investigation about the ethical, social and political implications of digital transformation in the production of knowledge.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Davide Scarso, Paula Cristina Gonçalves Dias Urze


Weekly - 4

Total - 140

Teaching language



Not applicable.


Webster, Frank. 2014. Theories of the Information Society. London and New York: Routledge.

Chun, Wendy Hui Kyong. 2011. Programmed Visions: Software and Memory. MIT Press.

Galloway, Alexander R. 2012. The Interface Effect. Polity.

Berry, David M, and Anders Fagerjord. 2017. Digital Humanities: Knowledge and Critique in a Digital Age. Polity.

Leitch, Thomas. 2014. Wikipedia U: Knowledge, Authority, and Liberal Education in the Digital Age. Johns Hopkins




Teaching method

Teaching will be based on several different methodologies: oral presentations, analysis and discussion of textual and video materials, case studies, autonomous research, including with digital methodologies, and the systematization of relevant scientific sources. 

Evaluation method

Assessment will be based on: 1) presentation and oral discussion related to one of the topics of the program; 2) a written text written on the same topic; 3) active involvement in classroom discussions.

Subject matter

1)     Society, knowledge and technology: social theories.

2)     Power relations and digital networks.

3)     Decentralization and disintermediation of knowledge production.

4)     The disruption of traditional forms of knowledge validation.

5)     Multiplication and Diversification of knowledge sources.

6)     The interface as mediation.

7)     Cognitive work, collaboration and self-organization:

a)     Crowdsourcing

b)     Community-based design

c)     Distributed participatory design

d)     Citizen science

8)     Digital Humanities and the creation and dissemination of knowledge.


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