New Media and Changing CommunitiesSemester Course

Week-Long Study Tour
Brussels or Dublin
Core Course Week Study Tour
Southern Sweden
Major Discipline(s)
Communication, Media Studies, Social Entrepreneurship
Core Course
Fall/Spring semester

How do new media and tech facilitate or challenge democracy, collaboration, and community building? The ambition of this course is to understand the historical and contemporary importance of media in creating communities. Hone your critical media literacy and examine how both new and existing communities are imagined, constructed, and represented in online media and tech. The course also focuses on the controversy of surveillance, privacy, and the dark side of the web.

Related Discipline(s)

This course would also be of interest to the following discipline(s):
Anthropology, Journalism


Brendan Sweeney

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Ph.D. (Political Science, National University of Ireland, Galway, 2005). Cand.mag. (Media Studies, University of Copenhagen, 1999). NCTJ Certificate in Journalism (Rathmines College of Journalism, Dublin, 1982). Worked as journalist for many years in different European countries. Information Officer and Project Manager, Danish Institute for Human Rights, 2007-2010. Teacher, International People’s College, 2010-2013. Published historical novel, Once in Another World (New Island, 2013). With DIS since 2013.

Communications, Brendan Sweeney

Mie Oehlenschlager

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

M.A., Modern Culture and Cultural Communication (University of Copenhagen, 2008), B.A. Comparative Literature (University of Copenhagen, 2003). Freelance writer and advisor - focusing on public and political agenda setting on topics related to cyber culture and children's digital rights. Years of professional experience with various elements of strategic communications from Campaigning and Fundraising at the Danish Refugee Council to CSR Advising and Public Affairs at WWF. Mie has worked with political communication for one of Denmark's strongest private lobby firms as well as working inside the political arena at the Communications Department for the Mayor under the Municipality of Copenhagen.