New Media and Changing CommunitiesSemester Course

Week-Long Study Tour
London or Dublin
Core Course Week Study Tour
Denmark or 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.

EP -- Brendan Sweeney

Mie Oehlenschläger

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Tech policy expert advising private and public actors both nationally and internationally (2022-2024). Appointed to an independent external expert group to support the Government’s work on setting the framework for Big Tech in Denmark and the EU. Appointed member of The Danish Council of Ethics (2022-2025). Co-founder of the non profit Tech & childhood and author of a number of analyses and reports including "Big Tech - Soft Power" (July 2023), "Online games gamble with children's data" (April 2021) and "Green Paper on initiatives to protect children online" (December 2021) and various articles. Expert advicer to the The US Future of Tech Commission and former writing member of the Danish DJØF's TechDK Commission. Years of professional experience with Strategic Communications, Campaigning, CSR and Public Affairs. M.A., Modern Culture and Cultural Communication (University of Copenhagen, 2008), B.A. Comparative Literature (University of Copenhagen, 2003). With DIS since 2018.

Nya Oxfeldt Jensen

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Cand.comm (International Development Studies, Roskilde University, 2001). B.A. (Business Administration, University of San Diego, 1995). Communications Consultant, Sampension, 2001-2002. Communications Consultant, Ballerup Kommune, 2002-2011. Communications consultant, Danish Refugee Council, 2011-2017. Assistant Program Director, DIS, 2017-2020. Special Consultant, Administrations- og Servicestyrelsen, 2021-2022.  With DIS 2017-2020 and since 2022.