Altissia Chair: The Digital Turn in Culture & Ethics

lfial2010  2021-2022  Louvain-la-Neuve

Altissia Chair: The Digital Turn in Culture & Ethics
5.00 credits
22.5 h
Main themes
The digital affects fundamentally our life and culture and, consequently, the subjects which are at the heart of our disciplinary fields in FIAL while raising social challenges, both ethical and democratic. Contrary to what the term ‘digital native’ might suggest, it is not enough to be born in the age of computers and tablets to develop a critical eye and reach a deeper understanding of digital issues in society and more specifically in our fields of study in FIAL. This is the rationale behind this course.
The questions we will discuss in this class are:
  • What is digital culture and its ethical implications?
  • What is digital? And the post-digital?
  • Is there a digital ethics different from traditional ethics?
In addressing these issues, we will consider the following topics:
  • the culture and ethics of data and algorithms;
  • software culture, society of control;
  • social media & ethics, polymediation, singularity;
  • digital ecology. 
Recent approaches and topics also in our focus: digital ownership issues, cultural theft, virtual exploitation, digital rights, endangered data, and the digital divide.
Learning outcomes

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

1 The purpose of this course is to dialogically encourage the students to "think" digital. At the end of this course, they will be able to identify, understand, and critically examine the changes induced by the digital while assessing the attendant cultural or ethical issues.
The course will cover the concepts necessary for a critical discussion on the digital.
Teaching methods
Lectures given online alternating with in-class hands-on workshops. In case of worsening of the health situation, the workshops will also be switched to online teaching.
Evaluation methods
Short documentation (one page) on the ethical and/or cultural implications of one or more digital tools or digital projects experimented with during the workshops.
Other information
English-friendly course: course taught in French but offering facilities in English.
Faculty or entity

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

Title of the programme
Learning outcomes
Master [120] in Linguistics

Master [60] in History of Art and Archaeology: Musicology

Master [120] in Sociology

Master [120] in History of Art and Archaeology : General

Master [120] in History

Master [120] in Interpreting

Advanced Master in Visual Cultures

Master [60] in History

Master [120] in Philosophy

Master [120] in History of Art and Archaeology: Musicology

Master [120] in Translation

Master [120] in Ethics

Master [120] in Information and Communication Science and Technology

Master [120] in Multilingual Communication

Master [60] in History of Art and Archaeology : General

Master [120] in Ancient Languages and Literatures: Classics

Master [120] in Ancient and Modern Languages and Literatures

Master [120] in French and Romance Languages and Literatures : French as a Foreign Language