COMM 840 - Special Topics in the Social Science Tradition
Section: 001 Comparing Networked Societies: The International Political Economy of ICTs
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Communication Studies (COMM)
Department: LSA Communication Studies
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May be repeated for a maximum of 15 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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How are societies being reconstituted through the progression of the 4th Industrial Revolution? As social scientists, industry leaders, and policy makers observe the impacts of ICTs on our economic, political and cultural lives, there are burgeoning concerns on the roles of communication and information technologies (ICTs) in transforming institutions of state, diplomacy, and citizenship. This course, on the political economy of recently transformed societies, will critically assess theories of technological disruption and social change from across the social sciences. From political science, theories of modernization, dependency, underdevelopment help explain both surges of economic wealth from high technology sectors and the persistence of international institutions for extracting wealth from poor countries. From sociology, world systems theory puts the development of new economic systems into deeper historical perspective, and new institutionalism highlights systems of institutional isomorphism, competitive mimicry, normative emulation, and coercion that might explain how hardware and software systems become global standards. Communication offers theories of technology diffusion, cultural production and consumption online, and topical expertise on how engineering standards and telecommunications policy become tools of political control. With contemporary comparative case studies from around the world, the goals of this course are to unpack the role of ICTs in transforming state-and-society, to understand theoretical perspectives on technology, society, and democracy from different disciplines exploring their use in cross-case comparisons, and to critically assess the utility of these theories and apply them in a personal research project or case study selected by the student.

COMM 840 - Special Topics in the Social Science Tradition
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001 (SEM)
10Graduate Standing
W 4:00PM - 7:00PM
003 (SEM)
8Graduate Standing
Tu 4:00PM - 6:00PM
004 (SEM)
4Graduate Standing
W 4:00PM - 7:00PM
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