822049 :Web Science (CSAI/HAIT/BDM/NMD)


Voertaal Engels
Werkvorm: Plenary meetings and discussion groups (Collegerooster)
Tentamenvorm: To be announced (Tentamenrooster)
Studielast:6 ECTS credits
Inschrijving:Enrollment via Blackboard before start of lectures
Blackboard informatieLink to Blackboard (Als u de melding 'Guest are not allowed in this course' krijgt, dient u nog bij Blackboard in te loggen)


dr. H.J. Brighton (coordinator)

Doel van de cursus (alleen in het Engels beschikbaar)

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Distinguish web science from other areas of study and list the major of research themes that concern web science
  • Explain the role of network science in studying the world wide web, and describe the key terms, concepts, and findings of network science
  • Provide examples of how web-based technologies influence human behavior both at the individual and collective level

Inhoud van de cursus (alleen in het Engels beschikbaar)

Web science is the interdisciplinary study of the World Wide Web and its impact on society. Specifically, web science examines how networks of interconnected systems and people give rise to new phenomena, pose new scientific questions, and demand novel methodologies. This course will consider both existing and emerging technologies, and examine what impact they have on society. For example, search engine technology is increasingly influential tool used by people to inform important decisions, such as who to vote for and which news providers to trust. Are search engines neutral, can we trust them, and can we tell? Social contagion is another phenomenon regulated by the World Wide Web, where human behaviors and opinions change as they spread through social networks. Similarly, can social computing, which considers the ability of networks of individuals to address and solve new problems, be a positive force in society? In this course, students will gain a familiarity with web science with a particular focus on the foundations of network science and impact on the study of human behavior.

Bijzonderheden (alleen in het Engels beschikbaar)

Please mind: this course replaces Language in the Digital Age 840086.

Verplichte literatuur

  1. A selection of recent articles and book chapters announced on Blackboard prior to the course.

Aanbevolen literatuur

  1. Watts, D. J. (2003). Six degrees: The science of a connected age. WW Norton Company.
  2. Christakis, N. A., &

Vereiste voorkennis


Verplicht voor

  • Bachelor CIW: Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence ( 2017 )
  • Bachelorminor: CIW voor Online Culture ( 2017 )

Mogelijk interessant voor

  • Premaster Communication and Information Sciences: voorjaar ( 2016 )
  • Bachelor CIW: Bedrijfscommunicatie en Digitale Media ( 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 )
  • Bachelor CIW: Tekst en Communicatie ( 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 )
  • Bachelor CIW: Interculturele Communicatie ( 2014 )
  • Bachelor CIW: Human Aspects of Information Technology ( 2014, 2015, 2016 )
  • Bachelor CIW: New Media Design ( 2017 )