Cybersocieties: Understanding technology as global change
As evidenced by a wide range of fundamental social, cultural, political and economic transformations, the world today is becoming increasingly globalized. Within this environment, it is essential that we examine how Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is directing and redefining what it means to live in a “global society”.
The melding of technology and globalization has become the touchstone of the new millennium and it is impossible to discuss the impact and significance of one without the other. In short, these dual revolutions are shaping each other and, through combined forces, directing the way we live, learn, work and socialize.
This interdisciplinary course examines how ICT allows for high-speed global access – making it possible to instantly connect to anyone and anywhere – and how this immediate access has created a nexus of social, cultural, economic and political implications for everyone.
The course offers students an opportunity to critically evaluate not only how globalization and ICT have revolutionized the way we live, but also how this new environment uniquely situates them to, in turn, direct many of these changes. Within this context, the course will ask: What kind of global society are we heading toward? Who should participate in deciding the future? How will the “big” decisions be made and by whom?
The course also requires students to reflect critically on their own uses of technology and how today’s ‘net generation’ is confronted with global technologies that are, at once, both constraining and empowering. As such, students will be inspired to not only broaden their interest and understanding of globalization, but develop a position as informed global citizens and articulate the impact of technology on all human endeavors.
Course learning outcomes
On completing the course, you will be able to:
- Differentiate and integrate the key theories, concepts and issues relating to globalization and ICT.
- Apply key concepts and theories framing the interface of globalization and ICT to their everyday experiences.
- Demonstrate a keen understanding of the interconnectedness of the world by critically evaluating films, websites, video clips, internet media, and other sources.
- Explore and apply a multi-cultural perspective of global citizenship and the duties and responsibilities associated with global membership.
- Express a critical understanding of the digital divide debate and understand how both the “haves” and “have nots” of technology are simultaneously benefited and limited by ICT.
|Activities||Number of Hours|
|Reading / Self-study||20|
|Assessment: Essay / Report writing||30|
|Assessment: Presentation (incl preparation)||40|
|Assessment: In-class test (incl preparation)||8|
|Group YouTube project/presentation||40%|
|Second Life experiential portfolio||30%|
|Tutorial critical reflections and discussion||10%|
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