Fall/Winter Timetable

POL409H1S L0101

Graduate Course Code: POL2307H1S 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.


CSC300H1 or ECO360Y1 or GGR431H1 or HPS201H1 or HPS202H1 or HPS431H1 or POL218Y5 or a POL 300- or 400-level course in Comparative Politics (See department' s website for POL courses by area group) / SOC 356Y1