Module 2: Digital Society

Internet and online media: Social impacts of digitalization

In this e-learning course, you will learn how digitalization is influencing public and private communication. The course deals with controversial topics such as fake news, social bots and media regulation. Scientific findings and various theories on the social impact of digitalization on social fields such as access to information, participation, (in)equality, security and social relationships are presented. In this e-learning course, you will work through the content independently online via the WiseLearn learning platform. You will be guided through video sequences and exercises and can also test your acquired knowledge via built-in quizzes. The module comprises approx. 8 hours of self-study.

Technical support ensures a smooth start, even if this is your first e-learning course. You will receive the access data for the e-learning platform within one working day. If you are interested and would like more information, please send us an e-mail to

Costs for the Module
CHF 270.00

The Lecturers

Prof. Dr. Thomas N. Friemel, Professor of Media Use and Effects at the University of Zurich, is head of the divison on Media Use and Media Effects at the Department of Communication and Media Research. In addition to media use and media effects research, his research focuses on health communication and social network analysis.

Dr. Constantin Schön studied economics in Mannheim and Heidelberg. At the Institute of Sociology at the University of Zurich, he researched the extent to which the careers of women and men are influenced by social networks. Today, Constantin Schön works at the DLR Projektträger on the topics of equal opportunities, gender research and diversity.

Dr. Lea Stahel studied psychology at the University of Basel and at Queens University in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Sociology at the University of Zurich. For her dissertation, she researched the causes of aggressive comments on social networks.