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Summary Teaching Assignment
Academic Year 2019/2020
Type of Teaching Doctorate
Course 055158 - EXPLORING PUBLIC DEBATES SURROUNDING ACADEMIC TOPICS THROUGH DATA DRIVEN APPROACHES
Professor Mauri Michele
Cfu 5.00 Type of Course Mono-Disciplinary Course

Phd Programme From (included) To (excluded) Course
MI (1300) - SCUOLA DI DOTTORATOAZZZZ055158 - EXPLORING PUBLIC DEBATES SURROUNDING ACADEMIC TOPICS THROUGH DATA DRIVEN APPROACHES

Detailed program and learning outcomes

The goal of the course is to make students aware of the context of their research issue and of the network of actors that shape it. Students will get a deeper knowledge of the conversations around their research topic and they will be able to identify the actors that have to be engaged in order to have an impact.

Important decisions around scientists’ work are no longer taken only by the scientific community: therefore public engagement, communication and interaction are crucial components of the research activity. It is not only a matter of “leaving the ivory tower” and make research results visible and understandable: every researcher (and every research group) has to position herself in the network of actors and relationships that shape the issue and the matter of concern, in the hope of orienting it. Understanding the geometry of this network and the dynamics that make it alive is necessary to create a strong and accountable identity, to generate consensus and strengthen networking capabilities. Without this understanding the risk of being un-visible, unheard or non-impactful is high.

The course is a mix of theory and practice, students will experiment with specific digital tools and digital methods using the Web both as a research tool and a research field. Students will learn how to map the issue they are researching on, how to identify the main actors, how to shed light on the dynamics, the relationships and the conversations between them.

A specific focus on the role of the media will be developed with the help of a science journalist.


Notes on methods of assessing

The evaluation is based on the results and the process of the experimentations.


Teaching activities
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Schedule planning

Course outline:

  1. Introduction to the course: science and publics. 
  2. Issue mapping: locating a research area on the web
  3. Going Public: Science, Research and Social Media
  4. The role of digital images in the dissemination of scientific research
  5. The role of disinformation and misinformation in the public debate
  6. Public communication: strategies for dissemination of scientific research 
  7. Wikipedia and the negotiation of scientific facts 
  8. The academic debate: strategies for exploring academic corpuses

Bibliography
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaRichard Rogers, Doing Digital Methods, Editore: SAGE Publications Ltd, Anno edizione: 2019, ISBN: 9781526444714 http://uk.sagepub.com/en-gb/eur/doing-digital-methods/book261134


Information in English to support internationalization
Course offered in language English
Study material/slides available in English
Textbook/Bibliography available in English

Note Professor
schedaincarico v. 1.6.1 / 1.6.1
Area Servizi ICT
20/01/2020