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Introduction to the epistemology of the digital

Introduction à l'épistémologie du numérique

Responsible Faculty: Faculty of Social and Political Sciences (SSP)

Teacher(s): Boris Beaude

Validity: 2016 -> 2023

Course Timetable (Weekly)

Date Location Notice Topics Lecturer(s)
2023/2024 : Monday 10:15-12:00 (Weekly) Géopolis/2238     Boris Beaude, Virginia Haussauer

Course

Autumn semester
2 hours per week
28 hours per semester
Weekly
Teaching language(s): French
Public: Yes
Credits: 3

Objective

This course aims to introduce and contextualize the main concepts regarding digital issues in social science and humanities. Present-day issues related to digital technology will be considered in a broader perspective in order to offer a better understanding of the latter's advent, evolutions and potentialities.

Content

This course introduces contemporary issues regarding digital technologies in social sciences and humanities within a scientific and historical perspective, in order to promote a better understanding of the latter's genesis, potentialities and limits.

More specifically, this course offers to shed a new light on a number of issues regarding quantification, positivism, reductionism or social physics, in order to underline the importance of their reactivation thanks to contemporary digital technologies.

The convergence between digital technologies and telecommunication contributes to the progressive deployment of technological systems that significantly renew our various forms of mediation. This process transforms - our relation to information, its processing, its visualization, its intelligibility and its communication. This course offers to clarify the main notions linked to a such shift (big data, social physics, distant reading, machine learning, black box, filter bubble,...) while considering more extensively its foundations.

This course will challenge our ability to understand to what extent digital technology constitutes a specific moment for intelligibility and its practical conditions. To do so, we will systematically insist on the specific contexts proper to the uses one has of digital technology - for such uses are never neutral, always social and more and more political.

Additional information

http://www.beaude.net/ien/

Use contextFaculty codeStatusCredits
(1990 ->) ›› Optional3.00
(2020 ->) ›› Optional3.00
Master of Arts (MA) in Digital Humanities (2016 ->) ›› Introduction to Digital Culture, Societies and Humanities - MA-INTERFAC-CSHN-20Compulsory3.00
Master of Arts (MA) in Social Sciences (2021 ->) ›› Optional Courses Module, Bodies, Medicines, Technologies and Health Orientation, Master of Arts in Social SciencesOptional3.00
Master of Arts (MA) in Social Sciences (2015 ->) ›› Optional Courses Module, Bodies, Science and Health Orientation, Master of Arts in Social SciencesOptional3.00
Master of Arts (MA) in Social Sciences (2015 ->) ›› Optional Courses Module, Culture, Communication and Media Orientation, Master of Arts in Social SciencesOptional3.00
Master of Arts (MA) in Social Sciences (2021 ->) ›› Optional Courses Module, Culture, Communication and Media Orientation, Master of Arts in Social SciencesOptional3.00
Master of arts, Reinforcement programme (2015 ->) ›› Humanités numériques - MA-RENF-HNOptional3.00
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