the point of a university seminar is not to learn and know; it is to think, to question, and to understand.
new media, politics, and youth
taught with janelle ward
for the international school for humanities and social sciences
at the university of amsterdam
in the winter semester 2006/07
content & aims
the course will provide a background into internet politics, and will mainly look at how political websites are addressing young people. the course will focus on theoretical issues, such as how young people develop as citizens, and will examine evolving notions of youth, citizenship, and political and civic engagement. it will discuss how youth are often viewed as either 1) apathetic and disengaged from the political process, or 2) creating new ways of expressing themselves as citizens. examining youth websites in germany, the u.k., and the u.s will highlight these issues.
this is an introductory course in how media, particularly new media, politically address young people, with a special focus on online forms of engagement. course participants will develop an understanding for this quickly evolving body of research and will have an opportunity to examine online initiatives and specify how youth websites can be placed in the context of the debate.
introduction to the course
introduction to internet politics
e-democracy: community, deliberation, and participation
e-mobilization: interest groups and social movements
e-campaigning: parties, candidates, and elections
e-government: executives and bureaucracies
youth websites: online examples from the u.s.
youth websites: online examples from the germany
youth websites: online examples from the u.k.
blogs, vlogs, and podcasts
student final paper presentations