COMM 466 - Global Digital Politics
Section: 001
Term: WN 2019
Subject: Communication and Media (COMM)
Department: LSA Communication and Media
Credit Exclusions:
No more than 3 credits from Comm 450-490.
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of department.
Enforced Prerequisites:
Declared Communication Studies seniors ONLY.
Advisory Prerequisites:
COMM 325 OR COMM 329 strongly recommended.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This CAPSTONE seminar explores several important ways in which digital media and internet infrastructure are shaping and constraining participation and organizing in developing and emerging countries. The course will introduce the topic of comparative politics and the comparative method to communication and media studies students interested in global communication, with rich case studies to understand new forms of collective action. The course will balance theory, methods, and case studies to understand mediated crowd behaviors such as protest cascades, and social movements being facilitated by ICTs and digital media. The readings and discussions address important theory and empirical findings in a rapidly changing field, reflected by the rapidly changing realities on the ground. To address these complex relationships between actors the tensions between them, this course is organized around four themes:

  1. user-centric perspectives to understand modern forms of digital organizing
  2. infrastructure-centric perspectives to understand the affordances and constraints of digital technologies
  3. comparative cases from a range of developing countries from authoritarian to emerging democracies
  4. new tensions arising between technology activists and the infrastructure stakeholders attempting to re-structure global communication systems.

Course Requirements:

No data submitted

Intended Audience:

Declared Communication Studies seniors.

Class Format:

1.5 hours, twice per week

COMM 466 - Global Digital Politics
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001 (SEM)
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Note: Capstone reserved for declared Communication Studies seniors only.
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