Topic outline

  • Digital Society & Digital Citizenship

    The number of Internet users is expected to rise to around 4.14 billion in 2021 (available at:, last accessed on December 13, 2020.) and they are making increasing use of digital opportunities. In Germany alone, for example, around 19 million people order food at least once a month via online portals. (Available at:, last accessed on 12.12.2020). What was unthinkable years ago is now common practice. Applications are sent by e-mail, people continue their education via online courses, and official channels are handled via online administrative portals. Digital progress and its technologies have penetrated almost all areas of human life and determine everyday life. The smartphone has become a constant companion and apps a must-have. Street maps are obsolete, google maps helps, and it takes only seconds to find out when the streetcar, train or bus is coming. The main thing is that there is enough data volume available These digital tools create such a dependency that life without a smartphone, Internet access and the like is no longer imaginable. Society is undergoing an immense transformation as a result, which justifies the term "digital society

    This technology has significantly shaped society in terms of its values and norms and is influencing areas such as politics and the economy as well as every individual in our global world. The resulting opportunities and risks of a digitized world will be outlined in the following. This includes fact-oriented knowledge as well as socially relevant issues. 

    • What actually is a digital society and who sets its rules? 
    • How do we use social media and what should we pay attention to? 
    • What networking opportunities does modern technology offer us and what helpful tools can sustainably improve our digital lives?
    • How do we want to interact and live with each other in the future?

    Materials for this module 

    • Manual (pdf)
    • Curriculum (pdf)
    • Learning materials (wiki)

    This module is divided into the following subsections: 

    1. Digital society
    2. How digitization is changing our everyday lives
    3. E-Learning

    • Digital society

    • How digitization is changing our everyday lives

    • E-Learning