Fall/Winter Timetable

POL2307H1S L0101

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 social and political development from a theoretical, historical and comparative perspective. The principal objectives will be to explore the growing centrality of science and technology in political affairs generally and its current significance for public policy in particular; 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 since the late nineteenth century; and to assess the social and political consequences of technological innovation in the current period and the influence of public policy 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, and seminar presentations and participation.