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Network Society

Code: 104723 ECTS Credits: 6
Degree Type Year Semester
2503873 Interactive Communication FB 2 1


Cristina Pulido Rodriguez

Use of Languages

Principal working language:
catalan (cat)
Some groups entirely in English:
Some groups entirely in Catalan:
Some groups entirely in Spanish:

Other comments on languages

Although the subject is taught in catalan, both Spanish and English are languages of equal use for assignments, readings and dialogues. All three languages are commonly used in the course.


Cristina Pulido Rodriguez
Núria Simelio Sola


There is not any precondition

Objectives and Contextualisation

1. To know the foundations of the network society and its challenges.

2. To analyse the impact of social interactions on the development of technologies and vice versa.

3. To deepen in the theories about the network society and its implications in communication, economy and society.

4. To reflect on the link between the theory of the network society and professional practice.


  • Act with ethical responsibility and respect for fundamental rights and duties, diversity and democratic values.
  • Act within one's own area of knowledge, evaluating sex/gender-based inequalities.
  • Introduce changes in the methods and processes of the field of knowledge to provide innovative responses to the needs and demands of society.
  • Manage time efficiently and plan for short-, medium- and long-term tasks.
  • Search for, select and rank any type of source and document that is useful for creating messages, academic papers, presentations, etc.
  • Students must be capable of applying their knowledge to their work or vocation in a professional way and they should have building arguments and problem resolution skills within their area of study.
  • Students must be capable of collecting and interpreting relevant data (usually within their area of study) in order to make statements that reflect social, scientific or ethical relevant issues.
  • Take account of social, economic and environmental impacts when operating within one's own area of knowledge.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Communicate using language that is not sexist or discriminatory.
  2. Cross-check information to establish its veracity, using evaluation criteria.
  3. Discuss data from social behaviours in the interconnected society.
  4. Distinguish the salient features in all types of documents within the subject.
  5. Identify situations in which a change or improvement is needed.
  6. Identify the social, economic and environmental implications of academic and professional activities within one's own area of knowledge.
  7. Plan and conduct academic studies in the field of the network society.
  8. Propose new methods or well-founded alternative solutions.
  9. Propose projects and actions that are in accordance with the principles of ethical responsibility and respect for fundamental rights and obligations, diversity and democratic values.
  10. Propose projects and actions that incorporate the gender perspective.
  11. Propose viable projects and actions to boost social, economic and environmental benefits.
  12. Submit course assignments on time, showing the individual and/or group planning involved.


1. Network Society: origin and development.

2. Study, analysis and theory of complex systems applied to society: social networks.

3. The relationship between social interactions and technology.

4. Current challenges of the network society and impact on the profession.


*** The gender perspective will be included as a transversal element in the contents of the course.


The subject maintains a balance between the theoretical part (theoretical sessions, debates) and the practical application (applying the theoretical concepts in the analysis of the professional practice through the realization of exercises and the course project).

The detailed calendar with the content of the different sessions will be displayed on the day of the presentation of the course. It will also be posted on the Virtual Campus where students will find a detailed description of the exercises and practices, the various teaching materials and any information necessary for the proper monitoring of the subject. In the event of a change in teaching methods for health reasons, the teaching staff will inform students of the changes that will take place in the course programme and in the teaching methodologies.


Annotation: Within the schedule set by the centre or degree programme, 15 minutes of one class will be reserved for students to evaluate their lecturers and their courses or modules through questionnaires.


Title Hours ECTS Learning Outcomes
Type: Directed      
Practical sessions 30 1.2 2, 4, 3, 7, 12
Theoretical lessons 33 1.32 4, 3
Type: Supervised      
Projects tutoring 9 0.36 7, 12
Type: Autonomous      
Study and activities 20 0.8 4, 7, 12


The evaluation activities consists:

Exam: theoretical content with 30% of the final grade

Project and oral presentation: group coursework with 35% of the final grade

Internship: completion of three internships with 35% of the final mark

Students will be entitled to make up the course if they have been assessed on all the activities, the weight of which is equivalent to a minimum of 2/3 of the total grade of the course.

The activities that are excluded from the revaluation process are the project and oral presentation (35%).

The proposed teaching methodology and assessment may undergo some modification depending on the restrictions on attendance imposed by the health authorities.

In the case of a second enrolment, students can do a single synthesis exam. The grading of the subject will correspond to the grade of the synthesis exam.

In the event that the student performs any irregularity that may lead to a significant variation of an evaluation act, this evaluation act will be graded with 0, regardless of the disciplinary process that could be instructed. In the event, that several irregularities occur in the evaluation acts of the same subject, the final grade for this subject will be 0.

Assessment Activities

Title Weighting Hours ECTS Learning Outcomes
Exam 30 3 0.12 2, 3, 6
Practices 35 20 0.8 1, 2, 4, 6, 5, 7, 12
Project and oral presentation 35 35 1.4 1, 2, 4, 3, 7, 12, 8, 9, 10, 11


The basic reference list is:

CASTELLS, MANUEL. (2006).  La sociedad red: una visión global. Madrid: Alianza

CASTELLS, MANUEL. (2013). Comunicación y poder. Siglo XXI Editores México.

LIEVROUW, LEAH.  & LOADER BRIAN. (Eds.). (2019). Routledge Handbook of Digital Media and Communication in Society. Routledge.

PEREZ-TORNERO, JOSE MANUEL. (2020). La gran mediatización I: El tsunami mediático que expropia nuestras vidas. Del confinamiento digital a la sociedad de la distancia. Barcelona, UOC  Press. 

ROHLINGER, DEANA. (2019). New media and Society. New York: New York University Press-

SILVERSTONE, ROGER. (2013). Media and morality: On the rise of the mediapolis. John Wiley & Sons.

****Specific references will be provided during the course



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