2023-2024 / INFO0957-1

Internet and the human sciences : theories, use, creations


30h Th

Number of credits

 Master in philosophy (120 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Master in French and Romance languages and literatures : general (120 ECTS)5 crédits 


Björn-Olav Dozo, Jeremy Hamers

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

The course Internet and Humanities: Theories, Uses, Creations intends to explore some of the questions that the Internet (as a device of creation, production and diffusion) and the humanities (in so far as they are producing critical knowledge) address each other. This exploration will focus on the notions of interactivity and participation. Mobilizing, on the one hand, different uses of the Internet that are revolving around the participatory potential of the system, and, on the other hand, the resources of the digital humanities, theories of communication and philosophy, the course aims to establish a true cross-exchange between practices and theories. It will therefore not propose just another opposition, on the basis of reciprocal verification, of a set of critical theories and a set of devices and practices that shape them. But it will rather assess how the internet and the humanities can feed each other through their own creative, reflective and critical potentialities.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

The course will provide the students with the theoretical tools essential to a critical reflexion about the Internet as an interactive device. Furthermore it will also offer them the opportunity to discover and experiment some of the recent uses of the device. Once the course is completed, the students will be able to contribute to the development and the critical assessment of websites, virtual platforms and blogs of various professional areas (cultural and/or social associations, civil society, public institutions, centers for art and culture, etc.). 

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Students will be introduced to the technical, media and philosophical issues of interactivity and participation. The analysis of different uses of the Internet and some theoretical approaches that have accompanied them (mainly in the wake of Critical Theory) will give students a firm grounding in understanding the dialogue between the Internet and the humanities. 

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Blended learning

Recommended or required readings

The slideshows (PowerPoint presentations) will be made available to students via MyULiège.

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

oral exam

Written work / report

Additional information:

Each student will be evaluated at the end of the year on the basis of a written work of 10 to 15 pages length, which may take the following forms: 1/ description and analysis of a recent case of participative use of the Internet; 2/ project of a device (site, platform, particular use of a pre-existing device, etc.) which, inspired by the course material, will propose an original participatory use. These written essays will also be presented to the holders during an oral defense.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

The schedule will be prepared in consultation with students.


Björn-Olav Dozo bo.dozo@uliege.be @bjornolav (Twitter) +32 4 366 52 14
Jeremy Hamers jhamers@uliege.be +32 4 366 32 44

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