Information Technology (For Democratic Politics) OpenCourseWare: University of Michigan's Free Bachelor Level IT Course

Published May 10, 2009

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'Digital Government I (Information Technology and Democratic Politics)' is offered through the University of Michigan as free OpenCourseWare. The original class was part of a two-part series that covered existing processes and barriers involving the crossroads of democratic governance and information technology. Certain Master of Science in Information (MSI) specializations at the University of Michigan utilized this course as a restrictive elective option.

Digital Government I (Information Technology and Democratic Politics): Course Specifics

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Digital Government I: (Information Technology and Democratic Politics): Course Description

Learn about the coming together of information technology and the democratic process in this free online class available through the University of Michigan. The original course, taught by Steven Jackson, was an elective choice in the Master of Science in Information (MSI) program at the University of Michigan. The coursework centered on philosophies and conventions of democratic politics and the changing role of information technology and its effect on building, comprehending and altering these ideals. Current discussions involving politics and information technology are focused around various political, democratic and social theory types. This graduate-level seminar-lecture format course prepared class participants for the second course. Course two takes the groundwork laid down in part one and builds on it. It looks at ways in which information technology and information itself assist, limit and generally impinges upon a wide range of existing democratic practices.

This free OpenCourseWare includes lecture notes, an extensive reading list, selected assignments and a concise biography of the course professor. If you are interested in taking this free course, visit the information technology and democracy course page.

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