Update about new BA in Digital Society

The course team is working hard to prepare the various documents that need to be submitted for the approval and validation of a new programme. We are currently using ‘BA in Digital Society’ as our working title. Read below to find out more about the work of the course team and the title.

The current working title for the new bachelor’s programme of FASoS is ‘BA in Digital Society’. The original title ‘digital transformations’ was widely considered too difficult and abstract for the target groups. Including ‘culture’ could be confusing with the current bachelor in Arts & Culture programme. But be assured we take a very broad view of ‘society’, and will incorporate perspectives, problems and examples from across the FASoS departments. The BA in Digital Society will address current and imminent transformations induced by digital technologies in domains including the arts and cultural production, politics and governance, healthcare and science, education, the economy and communication. Such transformations will also be situated in their historical context.

The first milestone is to prepare a document about the need and viability of a new BA. Such a document has to be discussed and approved by various boards and councils within the University before being sent to the CDHO (Commissie Doelmatigheid Hoger Onderwijs – www.cdho.nl. This Committee, which doesn’t seem to have an English name, advises both the Ministries for Education, Culture and Science and for Economic Affairs). We are aiming to have that done by December.

We will keep you posted about developments, via the FASoS Weekly, but also via departmental meetings. When we have substantial material ready, we will organise broader meetings for interested people to provide comments and feedback.

Feel free to contact members of the course team with suggestions, not only about the title, but also about the content. The course team (in alphabetical order): Hylke Dijkstra, Sylvia Haerkens, Nico Randeraad, Annika Richterich, Vivian van Saaze, Tamar Sharon, Tsjalling Swierstra, Karin Wenz and Sally Wyatt. Particularly if you are already involved in teaching courses about the ‘digital’ in some way, we would be interested to hear more about your experiences.

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