Fall/Winter Timetable

POL379H1S L0101

Topics in Comparative Politics III

Digital Era Government and Policy Design


Digital government is now a worldwide phenomenon and raises important questions about how government works and how policy gets made in an increasingly digital world. This course will look at digital government experiences and movements within the context of Ontario, Canada, North America, and globally. It begins by exploring foundational concepts linked to digital government transformation and practice, with a focus on critically assessing how governments are attempting to organize and operate in digital ways. The second half of the course focuses on applied policymaking in the digital era. Students will explore how policy is designed and delivered using digital ways of working. Students will engage with case studies and applied exercises to develop new skills and familiarity with digital government practices including user centered design and agile methods.

PLEASE NOTE: POL379H1S is dual delivery, online synchronous.


A selection of scholarly articles, book chapters, and curated case studies.

Format and Requirements

One two-hour lecture per week. Course requirements TBA.


1.0 Pol credit