The PLUS Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on digital platforms

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The course presents an overview and some in-depth information about the emerging phenomenon of digital platforms. The process of platformization is profoundly investing global societies from a wide range of perspectives. Platforms are transforming the world of labour and economies more broadly, are disrupting consolidated institutional arrangements, are positing new challenges and threats.

This MOOC is structured in four WEEKS, in addition to a WEEK 0 course introduction. Each WEEK has modules and lessons consisting of texts, videos, quizzes.

  • WEEK 1 – What is Platform Economy? presents an overview of the main themes and topics of platform economy, discussing its genealogy, its main concepts and lexicons, its specific impact on industrialization and social reproduction. This general panorama is suggested for everyone interested in deepening the framework of platform economy.
  • WEEK 2 – Platform Workers is a module mainly addressed to workers and potential workers of platform economy. Week 2 shows the skills required for this market and the actual and potential forms of social protection and rights. Moreover, some lessons are developed by workers of digital platforms presenting their experiences, and the Chart of digital rights elaborated by PLUS project is explained.
  • WEEK 3 – Platform Studies is a university-oriented module. It elaborates on the relationship between platforms and capitalism, urbanism, politics, industrial revolutions, social reproduction, and citizenship. Affirmed scholars present and explain this theoretical constellation and delineates possible further research trajectories on the topics.
  • WEEK 4 – Platform Challenges and Futures is mostly oriented towards managers, experts and policy makers of platform economy. It presents some experiences of alternative approaches and experiences of platforms, defines institutional possible actions to deal with platforms, presents guidelines for organizing urban arrangements and platform labour in new ways.



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For further information or any specific questions, please contact please contact Niccolò  Cuppini <>

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