Political Science 368
TTH 10:15-11:35 AM
University at Albany
201 Milne Hall
T 11:35–1:30 in HUM 16
(and by appt.)
Information Technology and World Politics
This upper-level undergraduate course provides a broad overview of the information revolution and its
impact on global politics. We will examine previous episodes of transformative changes in
communications to place contemporary changes in a broader historical context, examine the development
of new information technologies and consider theoretical explorations of the relationship between
information technologies and world politics. The bulk of the course, however, will examine the practical
impact of the information revolution on state sovereignty, democratization, international political economy,
national security, diplomacy, and international organization with a particular emphasis on the information
technologies used to run government agencies and other public sector organizations.
There are no course prerequisites for this class, however, POS 102 Introduction to Comparative and
International Politics is recommended.
Students who have not studied international relations may consult
with the instructor for some additional background for some additional background readings.
There are no technical prerequisites
other than a willingness to learn new skills and devote the necessary
time and energy to do so.
Students are expected to have internet access through UAlbany or an
alternative internet service provider.
Students will need to learn Microsoft basic features of web authoring
tools if they have not already done so.
The primary object of the course, however, is not technical
Rather, it is to help students to become better end users of information technology and to
understand its wider economic and political consequences.
(available at the UAlbany Bookstore):
Internet Politics: States, Citizens, and New Communication Technologies
University Press, New York and Oxford, 2006).
The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century
(New York: Farrar,
Straus and Giroux, 2007).
Gregory G. Curtin, Michael H. Sommer and Veronica Vis-Sommer, eds.
The World of E-Government
(Hawthorn Press, 2003).
Course Requirements and Grading:
Presidential candidate website evaluation
e-government website evaluation
Class participation (including quizzes)
Late assignments will be penalized. Students must properly reference