Virtual Communities Online Course

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Description of the Course: Computer changed our lives and viewing of ourselves. Computer brought with them the information age: a time when any kind of information accessible to anyone with a modem and a telephone line. Information age, has created a new culture, new modes of communication between human beings, fundamental changes in economics, society, politics, the modern nation state, international relations, media, family, knowledge, ideology and education. Global digital age emerged between people and created virtual communities, one could not imagine ever existed. But the global Era of digital identities which has created virtual communities also produce a network of threat and Cyber-terrorism.

“People have been using online spaces since the beginning of the Internet to communicate. That includes prior to the World Wide Web, when BBS, or electronic bulletin boards and email loops connected folks across time and space. (For a good short history of the Internet…. Many found that they began to form bonds of one sort of another. Today, the online forum tracking service… had more than 270,000 distinct communities and forums registered at their site in 1999. (The site no longer lists total numbers.) And many more remain unlisted”, by Boetcher, Duggan & White, January 2002, What is Virtual Community anyway?

  • Potential participants: Students of Communication and Media Departments, professionals, small business owners, governmental officials
  • Duration: 14 weeks (3 months)
  • Schedule: next intake – ongoing (upon registration)
  • Assignments of the course:
    • guided personal project on an Internet Advertising campaign
    • Weekly multi-choice exams
    • Final report on the project
  • Price: 590$US                            only 189$ 

Topics of the course:

  1. Which Era we live in? Guide for the 21st Century
  2. Global media
  3. Internet Culture
  4. Globalization, Communication and Transnational Civil Society
  5. Virtual communities as a new social structure
  6. Political power beyond state boundaries
  7. Networking of the digital Diaspora communities
  8. Religion and Internet
  9. Beliefs, passions and addictions
  10. Religious Internet Networks and Mobilization to Terror

Testimonials – Ken Soken: “I wanted to know about 21st century “postmodern terrorism” as digital terrorism, which mobilized people through online distribution and communities. Digital terrorists does not need only a modem, but computer operating methods on human psychology. This course teaches you the best theories in the filed of the development of the Virtual communities and makes you think beyond the facts!”

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