Undergraduate Course Code: POL409H1S L0101
Political Economy of Technology: From the Auto-Industrial to the Information Age
Survey of a broad range of issues related to the relationship between technological change and the broader processes of globalization and political change from a historical and comparative perspective. The principal objectives will be to explore the importance of new information and communications technologies for economic growth in a globalizing world and its current significance for public policy; to examine the conceptual tools that political economy has to offer which facilitate an analysis of the nature of technological change in the industrial democracies; and to assess the social and political consequences of technological innovation in the current period and the influence that public policy has on these developments.
Manuel Castells, The Rise of the Network Society, New Edition and course readings.
Format and Requirements
Course work consists of 3 components: an essay, seminar presentations, and seminar participation. Undergraduate students will also be required to prepare an essay outline by the middle of the semester.