Digital politics

lspri2329  2018-2019  Louvain-la-Neuve

Digital politics
5 credits
30.0 h
Baudewyns Pierre; Baudewyns Pierre (compensates Reuchamps Min); Reuchamps Min; Van Wynsberghe Caroline;
No prerequisite
Main themes
Democracy, political engagement, governance, digital diplomacy, big data/data mining, privacy/ cybersurveillance, Wikileaks/whistleblowing

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :


At the end of this course, the student will be able to:

- To identify the issues raised by digital technologies and social networks in politics

- To confront the implications of changes in the society (provoked by digital technologies and social networks) to different dimensions of political science

- To develop a critical analysis of an application case in relation with one of the topics of the course


Contribution de l¿UE au référentiel AA


- To master and critically mobilize in-depth and knowledge, especially in the national, European and international political fields, but also in international relations and organizations (digital diplomacy) or in the management of public organizations (big data, data protection, hackathon)


To detect and analyze change in political organizations and systems


The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
Knowledge: An analysis of the implications of digital technologies on contemporary politics.
Skills: to be able to use of social networks (Twitter), to be able to implement models and theories of political science to a case of application in relation with digital technologies.
Teaching methods
The class organization will include sessions (lectures) introducing each of the themes and specific issues. Other weeks of the semester will be spent using social media, using online resources and writing the essay for the final evaluation.
Evaluation methods
This unit will be evaluated: written group essay dealing with one of the themes of the course. This essay will mobilize scientific literature, but also online or digital resources (e.g. building Twitter lists of key contributors on a specific topic). The use of social networks will be part of the evaluation
Other information
This unit implies active participation (in English) of students (also on social media) and their ability to work in group.
  • Un portefeuille de lectures sera communiqué au début du cours.
Un portefeuille de lectures sera communiqué au début du cours.
Teaching materials
  • Un portefeuille de lectures sera communiqué au début du cours.
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [120] in Political Sciences: General

Master [120] in Political Sciences: International Relations

Master [120] in Public Administration

Master [60] in Political Sciences: General