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DM2578 Social Media Technologies 7.5 credits

An advanced course on the use and development of social media technologies, such as messaging, forums, blogs, wikis, feeds, social bookmarking, social networking systems, video- and photo sharing sites, mobile social media platforms and synthetic worlds. The course also introduces social issues arising from the everyday uses of these technologies.

Course offerings are missing for current or upcoming semesters.
Headings with content from the Course syllabus DM2578 (Spring 2020–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

  • Data driven analysis and evaluation of existing social media.
  • Conceptual design of new social media, or supplements to existing media, through models, scenarios, or prototypes etc

The design work is carried out in groups and is presented at the end of the course.

Intended learning outcomes

After passing the course, the student should be able to

  • discuss basic concepts for social media including networks, communities and political economy
  • discuss trust, reputation, attention, privacy, and communication in social media
  • analyse social media critically
  • design and document new concepts for social media.

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Completed course in communication and information equivalent to DH1609.

Recommended prerequisites

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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • TEN1 - Examination, 5.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • ÖVR1 - Other, 2.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web DM2578

Offered by

Main field of study

Computer Science and Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

DM2517 XML for Publishing and DH2416 Computer Support for Cooperative Work.


Robert Comber,

Supplementary information

In this course, the EECS code of honor applies, see: