Theory and Practice of Online Participation. Prospects and problems of Internet-mediated participation in politics, business and society

Starting in 2012 the research group is developing an interdisciplinary teaching module on the “Theory and Practice of Online Participation“. It runs over a full academic year and aims at enabling students to implement and moderate online participation in political entities as well as in for-profit and non-profit organisations. The interdisciplinary approach of the course yields the unique advantage that students learn about social, organisational and technical requirements of online participation. Based on our experiences with the first implementation in 2012/13 we have been redesigning the module for the academic year starting in October 2013. The module now consists of four core components:TePOP_Plakat_Werbung_2013_14

  • A lecture on “Foundations of Online Participation” (winter term)covering the basic social and technical issues of online participation.
  • A seminar on “Online Participation: Empirical Case Studies” (winter term) during which students engage with a variety of real-world examples of online participation in different contexts and evaluate their results.
  • An exercise course on “Practical Application of Online Participation” (summer term) that provides students with the opportunity to apply their knowledge gained during the winter term to develop a project of their own.
  • An oral exam (summer term).

For more information, see the course description (German). The course targets primarily undergraduate and graduate students in Computer Science and Social Sciences (Political Science, Media Studies, Sociology). Interested students from other subject areas are welcome to apply (see below).