Coursebooks

Technologies of societal self-organization

CS-234

Lecturer(s) :

Language:

English

Remarque

pas donné en 2018-19

Summary

This course will offer students a broad but hands-on introduction to technologies of human self-organization.

Content

The course will present students with a view of self-organization technologies set in a long-term historical perspective, extending from their roots in ancients principles of democracy and governance, up to recent high-tech innovation such as social networking, e-voting, blockchains, and delegative democracy. The course will cover the many fundamental organization challenges these technologies attempt to address, such as :

Learning Prerequisites

Important concepts to start the course

Basic computing and programming skills

Teaching methods

The course will lead students through an exploration of the vast number of different technological approaches to these challenges and issues, from extremely low-tech (e.g., picking representatives by drawing straws) to the latest experimentatl technologies. In different weeks the students will explore hands-on the architecture, design, practical use, and strenghts and weaknesses of different self-organization technologies, such as :

Expected student activities

In general, the course will encourage students to "learn by doing" through exercises with practical systems. Students will be required to use some of these systems in groups in "hands-on" self-organization exericses, to get firsthand comparative experience of how they work, and in what ways they succeed and fail.

Assessment methods

Students will be assessed through regular exercises and mini-quizzes, participation in "peer review" activities, a small project in the second half of the semester on which the students must report, and a written final exam.

Supervision

Office hours Yes
Assistants Yes
Forum Yes

In the programs

    • Semester
       Fall
    • Exam form
       Written
    • Credits
      5
    • Subject examined
      Technologies of societal self-organization
    • Lecture
      2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
    • Exercises
      1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
    • Practical work
      2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
    • Semester
       Fall
    • Exam form
       Written
    • Credits
      5
    • Subject examined
      Technologies of societal self-organization
    • Lecture
      2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
    • Exercises
      1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
    • Practical work
      2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks

Reference week

 MoTuWeThFr
8-9     
9-10     
10-11     
11-12     
12-13     
13-14     
14-15     
15-16     
16-17     
17-18     
18-19     
19-20     
20-21     
21-22     
 
      Lecture
      Exercise, TP
      Project, other

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  • Lecture in French
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  • Lecture in German