New 3-year undergraduate programme of Social Informatics

In the academic year 2018/19 the Department of Social Informatics and Methodology is going to launch a new three-year undergraduate programme of Social Informatics, combining interdisciplinary knowledge on information and communication technology (ICT), social sciences and the Internet. The new study programme gives students the opportunity to gain and combine knowledge on applied informatics, internet research, methodology, statistics, and data analytics. One of the strongest assets of the new study programme is its focus towards the future, offering great employment opportunities and a sound basis to continue on various graduate degrees. The programme puts great emphasis on applied skills, giving students the possibility of internships in companies and of getting in touch with potential employers as well as the possibility of studying abroad.

The study programme consists of two minors: Digital Technologies and Society, and Applied Social Informatics. Besides shared obligatory courses, students will have the opportunity to choose among a rich variety of elective courses.

The minor in Digital Technologies and Society is oriented towards gathering knowledge about and skills on digital society and web analytics, social uses of ICTs, sociological understanding of social media, and implementation of internet technologies in real-life environments. On the other hand, a minor in Applied Social Informatics prepares students for emerging careers that meet the rapidly growing information-management needs related to the design and deployment of Internet systems and communications, to user experience with interactive technologies, and to digital contents/service management.

Employment and career opportunities

Most of the students in Social Informatics get employed immediately after completing their degree. They make successful career paths in various companies, organizations and institutions, public administration, public and private sector, where research and design of ICT-based tools, services, analytics and system solutions is required on a day-to-day basis. They perform tasks such as web analytics, business analytics, survey and marketing consulting, statistics, optimization of information systems and services, e-commerce, etc.