Coursebooks

Technologies of societal self-organization

CS-234

Lecturer(s) :

Ford Bryan Alexander

Language:

English

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

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

Teaching methods

The course will use readings, discussions, and exercises to 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 experimental 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 :

The course work will involve a substantial amount of reading background materials, both technical and non-technical and from a variety of disciplines including computer science, social science, political science, and law.  The lectures will be heavily discussion-oriented, covering both the background readings and hands-on exercises in addition to material presented in the lectures.

Expected student activities

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.  Grading will be based substantially on demonstrated active participation in the deliberative course exercises, in addition to learning and understanding of the course content itself.

Supervision

Office hours Yes
Assistants Yes
Forum Yes

Resources

Ressources en bibliothèque
Moodle Link

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    INR113
9-10    
10-11     
11-12     
12-13     
13-14     
14-15   INR113 
15-16    
16-17   INR113 
17-18     
18-19     
19-20     
20-21     
21-22     
 
      Lecture
      Exercise, TP
      Project, other

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