Theory and Practice of Online Participation 2012/2013

The research group is developing an interdisciplinary course on “Theory and Practice of Online Participation“. The course program started in winter 2012 and runs over a full academic year. It aims at enabling students to implement and moderate online participation in business or non-profit organisations. Based on our experiences with this first implementation we are currently redesigning the module for the next academic year starting in October 2013.

Given the increasing importance of web-based technologies for political decision making (e.g. e-Government) and corporate communication (Enterprise 2.0), skills in online participation might be an important asset for students’ careers. The interdisciplinary approach of the course yields the unique advantage that students learn about social, organisational and technical requirements of online participation.

The course consists of

  • The lecture “Theory and Practice of Online Participation. Prospects and Problems of Web-Based Participation in Politics, Business, and Science” gives an overview of basic social and technical issues of online communication and decision making in politics, business and civil society (winter term). The lecture is scheduled on Wednesday from 4 to 6 pm. It starts on October 10. (the programme is available here).
  • A colloquium on “Online Participation in Democracy and Business” complements the lecture during the winter term. It consistes of five public talks of external experts on specific issues of online participation (the prelimiary programme is available here).
  • A seminar “Basic Theories of Online Participation” that deepens students’ theoretical understanding of technical infrastructures and social processes of web-based communication processes (summer term).
  • A research project “Applications of Online Participation” that will provide students the opportunity to analyse practical applications of online participation (summer term).

The course targets primarily undergraduate and graduate students in business administration (if applicable), computer science, law, and social sciences (sociology, political science, media studies). Interested students from other subject areas are welcome to apply (see below).

If students complete the course with success (i.e. lecture, colloquium, seminar and research project) they earn 10 ETCS. Successful participation requires active participation in all parts of the course and a final oral exam. To attest active participation students have to pass non-graded tests on contents of the lecture and the seminar. A presentation on results of the research project has to be prepared. Successful participants will obtain a certificate. To obtain informations about the integration of the course into the curricula of the participating subjects, please consult the the course description (German)

Students can register for attendance at the HIS-LSF of Heinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf (German)

For more information, see the course description(German).