Spring 2011 - Graduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
Democracy, Governance, and the Digital Network.
Early criticism of democracy in the age of networked communication was often characterized by a rather significant divide, between those who believed that the network would prove to be the means by which universal democracy would be achieved, and those that argued the network would bring about the collapse of democratic institutions. As with other hyperbolic prophecies throughout history, the reality proved to be far more nuanced and complicated. This class will strive to analyze these more complex and nuanced transformations. We will look at the ways that dissidents and civil organizations are using the network to foster democracy as well as consider the ways in which governments are using the network to resist social transformation. Equally as important we will ask more foundational questions seeking to understand how the existence of the digital network transforms not only what it means to govern, but what it means to be a citizen within a political space.
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