Digitalisation and Politics
Full course description
Students in this course ask how digitalisation affects politics and if digitalisation enhances or undermines the quality of democracy. The course draws on political philosophy, comparative politics and political economy. In this course, you analyse the new possibilities and limitations that digitalisation presents for politicians, citizens and corporations in terms of political power, participation, equality and inclusivity, and explore what new checks and balances are required for politics in the digital age.
You will learn how digitalisation affects politics and, in particular, whether digitalisation is enhancing or undermining the quality of democracy. More precisely, after completing this course, you will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding about the effects of digitalisation on key political concepts and practices;
- Analyse the relationship between digital developments and transformations in political behaviour, political participation and public control over the public domain;
- Formulate arguments in favour and against the effects of digitalisation on democracy in a debate setting;
- Evaluate ethical and societal consequences of digitalisation in politics for different people and groups in society.
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