Youth and online political participation: motivations, spaces, practices and inhibitors

About the course

The course will run during 4 weeks, from 2 April 2018 to 29 April 2018

The general dynamic of every week will be as follows:

  • Watch the introductory video.
  • Read the suggested readings.
  • Do a quizz.
  • Do an assignment, usually writing some minor essay, share it publicly and comment it (assignments will not be corrected or marked)

The core topic of the essay will be an inequality, inhibitor, barrier, etc. that stops youth from participation in politics, e.g. gender, unemployment, different cultural approaches, housing, discredit of institutional politics, lack of a critical mass on your interests, rural/urban tensions, etc.


  • Define the profile of the millennial generation, especially its main inclusion / social exclusion vectors, and tell the differences and similarities with other former generations.
  • Identify the main socialization and political participation practices of the millennial generation, especially political participation and online activism and its inhibitors.
  • Make public policy proposals related to the political participation of millennials.

Assignment’s Rubric

Descriptive skills Analytic skills Critical thinking and  propositive skills
Characterising millennials Identifies the basic characteristics of millennials. Can compare millennials to other generations, identifies the differences and similarities and the reasons behind them. Adapts a policy proposal to be addressed especifically to millennials; is able to assess whether a given proposal is more or less likely to work.
Spaces and practices of online participation Identifies tools and spaces prefered or more used by millennials. Can compare the dynamics of technopolitics to other kinds (institutional, traditional) of online participation. Describes, in terms of technopolitics, behaviours that happen outside of politics (economics, innovation, health, education, etc.) that follow a similar pattern.
Barriers and inequalities of online political participation Identifies barriers and inequalities relying on traditional discourses on the digital divide. Can explain the determinants of youth inequalities and the  differential factors in youth online participation. Proposes a comprehensive political initiative to improve participation among youth taking into account their differential point of departure.
Source selection Some sources chosen are relevant to the topic;
writer may need additional sources to complete research
Most sources chosen are relevant to the topic;
May require a small amount of additional research
Sources and data selected are highly relevant to the topic;
Sources adds greatly to research potential;
few, if any additional sources needed.
Sources are properly cited.



WEEK 1: Youth in Europe. Characterising the Millennials.

WEEK 2: New online political participation spaces and practices.

WEEK 3: Main barriers and inequalities of online political participation.

WEEK 4: Public policy proposals on youth and online political participation.