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Digital Technology and the Politics of the Information Age

This course examines the relationships between technological and political change, with a particular emphasis on digital technology and its relationship to the contemporary practice of politics. The aim of the course is to better understand the ways in which technology both influences and is influenced by politics. It explores how social responses to emergent technologies support and challenge different theories of politics. This is achieved both by surveying the range of ideas and arguments in the field as well as by drawing on specific case studies such as the implications of social media platforms for electoral politics and democratic governance, of Artificial Intelligence for the automation of warfare and the workforce, as well as the political economy of cryptocurrency and blockchain.

POLSCI 730

Unit(s): 3.0 Level(s): Graduate Term(s): Winter Offered?: Yes Language?: No

Clifton van der Linden

Assistant Professor