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School of Human and Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage
Course unit
SUP5070238, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2018/19

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
IF0313, Degree course structure A.Y. 2015/16, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination NEW MEDIA
Department of reference Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Education and Applied Psychology
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit is available ONLY for students enrolled in COMMUNICATION

Teacher in charge CLAUDIO RIVA SPS/08

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses SPS/08 Sociology of Culture and Communication 9.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 9.0 63 162.0 No turn

Start of activities 30/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2015 course timetable

Prerequisites: Students should have taken the historical and sociological exams appointed for the first year of the program.
Target skills and knowledge: The Course includes the following expected learning outcomes and skills:
- Knowledge and understanding: By the end of the course, the student will have been able to critically understand the relation between new media and society and have acquired the theoretical and practical skills necessary to interpret the forms, terminologies and practices of media, through attending the lectures and studying the text discussed in the classroom.
- Ability to apply knowledge and understanding: Through exercises, the student will acquire adequate tools and terminology to analyze the everyday experience with the digital media.
- Making judgments: Throughout the discussions at the classroom with the professor and his/her colleagues, the exercises and in preparation to exam, the student will be able to analyze critically the transformations introduced by new media, both to a collective and individual extent, particularly concerning younger generations.
- Communication skills: Through participation in discussions and exercises in the classroom, the student will acquire the fundamental terminology and concepts required by the discipline.
- Learning skills: Through the exercises and interaction with the classmates and the professor, the student will be able to acquire and adopt a critical learning method, with the help of which s/he can then independently revise the knowledge and skills gained during the course.
Examination methods: Exam procedures are different for attending and non-attending students.
1) The NON-ATTENDING students can take oral exam within the official sessions (or written exam, with 6 questions on the compulsory texts, if there are more than 10 students signed up to the session).
2) The exam procedures for ATTENDING students include:
a) Mini-quiz in the classroom (30% of the final mark): Every two/three week a mini quiz will be made at the beginning of the lecture, which makes 3 times for the semester. There will be 15 questions including True/False and multiple-choice types, covering the contents of the lecture and/or the assigned readings.
b) “Reaction paper”, to be submitted via moodle or via e-mail (20% of the final mark): During the lecture, twice in the semester, 3 questions will be assigned, to be answered based on the lecture topics or the readings till the end of the specified time. The answers can be submitted via moodle or e-mail (in pdf format) in accordance with the deadline indicated in the classroom. Instructions: the length must be more than 500 words (it is mandatory to answer all the questions; at the end of the document, the number of the written words must be indicated); submission after deadline: 0 point; less than 500 words: 0 point; plagiarism: 0 point; contents irrelevant to the queries asked: 0 point.
c) Final exam: Conducted in written at the end of the lectures or oral within the official sessions (in written, if there are more than 10 students signed up to the session). It constitutes 50% of the final mark.

ATTENTION: In order to be considered an attending student, you must have attended at least %75 of the lectures, submitted both of the reaction papers and taken at least 2 out 3 mini quizzes.
Assessment criteria: The assessment of students’ preparation will be based on the knowledge and comprehension of the expected contents specified on the exam program, the use of the intended disciplinary terminology, the ability to develop arguments autonomously and the competence of empirical positioning of theoretical generalizations. These components will be of priority: clarity of the presentation, comprehension of the categories, ability of summing up and critical assessment of the discussed theories.
Course unit contents: The course aims to offer a critical overview of new media, attracting attention to the terminology and social uses of new communication technologies for the purpose of providing theoretical and methodological tools to define and interpret the contemporary media scenario.
In the introductory part of the course, the basic concepts, the fundamental theoretical perspectives and the useful research tools to investigate the relation between digital technologies and social reality will be presented by underlining particularly all the transformations introduced by media and regarding both collective and individual action. The topics of digital divide and participatory cultures change depending on identity constructions and social management within contemporary reality.
The second part of the course will then focus on the experiences and practices of new media uses by young generations. The aim is to investigate what it means to be young people in an ever-mutating technological world where the cultural offers and occasions of media consumption, relation and opportunities are increasingly growing. The various dimensions of relations -complex and multiform- between young people and new media will be presented: from social network to music and videogames, from relational and affective involvements and political participation to the questions on the adult perspective (parents and teachers) with respect to such dynamics.
In addition, several seminars will be held to discuss specific topics.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: - The course is conducted through face-to-face lectures with the support of multimedia materials through which the topics addressed in the referred texts will be explained, integrated and discussed. Potential seminars of thematic discussions will be organized if any need occurs in the lectures. Attendance to lectures are strongly recommended. Further information will be available on the moodle page of the course.
-Periodically (on moodle page, available on this link:, the slides used in the lectures will be uploaded. However, note that the lecture notes are not compulsory and they cannot substitute the exam texts or the attendance to the lectures. They are only intended to support to the study activities of attending students, who can print and take notes on them so as to be able to pay more attention to the lectures.
- In order to facilitate the interaction between the professor and students, in addition to the moodle area, a closed group “Nuovi media - COM” on Facebook will be activated at the beginning of the course.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Testi di riferimento:
1) Stella, R., Riva, C., Scarcelli, C.M., Drusian, M. (2018), “Sociologia dei New Media”, Utet Università, Torino.
2) Riva, C., Scarcelli, C.M. (2016) (a cura di), “Giovani e media. Temi, prospettive, strumenti”, McGraw-Hill Education, Milano.

Non-attending students are required to study the texts completely; attending students will be given the information in the classroom on the chapters to be studied. During the course, additional materials will be used to elaborate on the discussions and be uploaded on moodle page of the course (available on this link:
In moodle area of the course, the slides used in the lectures will be uploaded. However, note that the lecture notes are not compulsory and they cannot substitute the exam texts or the attendance to the lectures. They are only intended to support to the study activities of attending students, who can print and take notes on them so as to be able to pay more attention to the lectures. NON-ATTENDING students are not recommended to use the lecture notes, as the notes may contain the topics and issues that are not referred in their program.
ATTENTION: Students are requested not to use the e-mail of the professor for the information available on the institutional websites (program, texts, exam dates, signing up to exams etc.).
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Stella, R., Riva, C., Scarcelli, C.M., Drusian, M., Sociologia dei New Media. Torino: UTET Università, 2018. Nuova edizione. Gli studenti non frequentanti sono tenuti a studiare il testo per intero.
  • Riva, C., Scarcelli, C.M. (a cura di),, Giovani e media. Temi, prospettive, strumenti. Milano: McGraw-Hill Education, 2016. Gli studenti non frequentanti sono tenuti a studiare il testo per intero.

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Case study
  • Working in group
  • Active quizzes for Concept Verification Tests and class discussions
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

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