Netherlands, Amsterdam

Digital Traces in a Mediated World

when 4 July 2016 - 22 July 2016
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 4 ECTS
fee EUR 1200

All day long, mobile and online technology register what we do, how we feel, to whom we talk, what we talk about and where we are. More than ever before, our daily lives have become digitally mediated. We continuously leave digital traces that tell intricate stories about who we are, and all of this data is increasingly linked together.
If all these digital traces are harnessed, they can be used not only to understand how people select and are affected by media content, but also to increase the success of media practices and products. How can this massive amount of data be translated into useful information about the way individuals navigate the digital world? In this summer school, tomorrow’s communication specialists will learn how to capitalise on the enormous potential of digital information.

Course leader

Dr Jessica Piotrowski

Target group

Applicants should at least be second or third year social and behavioural sciences Bachelor's students that have basic knowledge of social science research methods. Those not in the field of social and behavioural sciences are also welcome to apply, but should clarify in their motivation letter why they believe they are qualified for the programme.

Course aim

In this summer school, students will learn:
Novel methodological approaches to exploiting massive ubiquitous data
The challenges and solutions associated with these approaches
Fundamental issues faced with using digital traces to answer communication questions
To address these goals, this summer school will highlight the ‘communication chain’ via three modules.

Credits info

tudents who wish to earn credits should apply for the three-week version of the course. Upon successful completion of the programme, they receive an official transcript stating the courses taken, credits earned and grades obtained. The three-week programme is the equivalent of a 4 European Credits (or 2 American credits) module if the following requirements are fulfilled:
active participation in classes
successful completion of all assignments. More information on assignments will follow. In any case, all assignments will be completed during the summer school.

Fee info

EUR 1200: Two-week (non credit) course
Early bird special: receive €200 discount if you apply before 15 February 2016
EUR 1500: Three-week (credit) course


If your university is a member of the Universitas 21 network and/or LERU network then you may be eligible for a partial scholarship of €500. You must also be a current student at that university at the time of the summer programme.

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