Introduction to Technology and Cities OpenCourseWare: Free Online Graduate Level Course on Communication Technologies by MIT

Published Feb 13, 2009

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Learn about the impact of modern technology on cities with this free OpenCourseWare from MIT. 'Introduction to Technology and Cities' examines the evolving relationship between information technology and the real-world spaces where we live, work and play. This course is recommended for students pursuing urban studies degrees.

Introduction to Technology and Cities: Course Specifics

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Introduction to Technology and Cities: Course Description

The use of information and communication technologies, or ICTs, has become such an ingrained part of everyday life that it affects how communities develop and interact. This online OpenCourseWare offered by MIT in Cambridge explores the impact of the Internet, cell phones and other modern communication tools on social relationships and urban planning. Professor Joseph Ferreira, Jr. taught students about the effects of technology on both the citizen and government sides of city operation and growth. Early lessons examine changes in neighborhood use patterns and the rise of virtual communities. Later, the course looks at e-government and asks how digital communication can improve citizen engagement in government. This course can be beneficial to students seeking a master's degree in urban studies or community planning.

Lecture notes and readings are included with this free online course. If you're interested in finding out more, visit the technology and cities course page.

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