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Kursusnavn (dansk):Globalisering, organisering og kommunikation 
Kursusnavn (engelsk):Globalization, Organization and Communication 
Semester:Forår 2012 
Udbydes, digital design og kommunikation (ddk) 
Omfang i ECTS:15,00 
Min. antal deltagere:12 
Forventet antal deltagere:20 
Maks. antal deltagere:30 
Formelle forudsætninger:This course is the final part in the DDK specialization "Global IT and Organizations" and follows the course Distributed Collaboration and Development (DCD). However, the DCD course is not required to enroll in Globalization, Organization and Communication.

Information about the course of study
This course is the second part of a specialization on the Master of Science in IT, study programme Digital Design and Communication. See a description of specializations on DDK here (in Danish):
Master of Science Digital Design and Communication  
Læringsmål:After the course the student should be able to:

Characterize relevant analytical approaches to globalization.

Explain the strengths and weaknesses of different analytical approaches to globalization.

Apply concepts and analytical tools from science and technology studies and organizational studies to social and tecnical processes relating to global organization.

Conduct empirical studies of global organizational practices and identify areas of problems and possibility for change.

Specify and discuss challenges and possibilities relating to the use of information technologies in global organizational contexts.

Develop ideas and frameworks for working creatively and imaginatively with global technological organization and communication. 
Fagligt indhold:‘Globalization’ is a concept that has had enormous effects over the past decades, from the global multi-national corporation to global climate change, the global financial market, to ideas such as the ‘global village’.

Communication and IT technologies have been central to organizations as they extend their everyday work practices and markets into more countries. Communications and IT facilitates out-sourcing, flexible working, international collaboration, ‘just in time’ manufacturing, as well as requiring new and creative ways to work across diverse technology infrastructures and cultures.

Globalization is an everyday experience, not just in large corporations, but also in small communities, from Jutland to the Amazon, where natural resources such as wind and wood are exploited to power this phenomenon.

How can we engage in an informed and critical way in the extraordinary process that is globalization? How can we think differently about its implications for design? How to understand this intersection between globalization, communication technology, and organization?

This course is part of the Globalization specialization and can complement the course Distributed Collaboration and Development. It draws on the disciplines of Science and Technology Studies (STS) and Organizational Studies to provide students with a set of tools to analyze the challenges and possibilities for organizations and communities in the global world.

The course will be supported by guest lectures and workshops with people from diverse global industries and organisations.

The two main objectives of the course are:

1. To enable students to identify, analyze and discuss social-technical challenges and possibilities that arise in a globalized organization.
2. To enable students to conduct an empirical study of technology-mediated work practices in a globalized organization.

The course introduces a set of ‘tools’ for analyzing globalization in everyday life through four themes:

Global Dreams
What do different organisations and groups of people mean by globalization, what myths and dreams of the future does it evoke, what does it mean to design for a globalized world, how might we imagine and design for globalization differently?
Global Objects
How are global objects made and maintained? How to understand an object that is global? How to explore both the social and technical aspects of global objects? How to understand the politics of global objects?
Global Flows
How do things flow around communication and organizational networks? How to think differently about global infrastructures, from telecommunications networks to container ships? How to understand when and how global flows are cut and for whom e.g. national borders and their effects on different bodies and data.
Global Communities
How do different people live in networked international communities and organisations: from wealthy executive ‘global nomads’ to blogging and social networking in Caribbean islands?

See the schedule here:
link to the time table
The schedule will be available shortly before the beginning of the term. 

The syllabus will comprise approximately 750 pages of literature.

Practical project work is ongoing throughout the course, and will involve: identifying an organization as fieldsite for research, making a research plan (including formulation of research questions and methods, making observations and interviews with relevant people, and analyzing written material), writing an executive summary, and the production of a final examined written report.

Teaching is in the form of seminars and workshops, during which students will be expected to participate in discussions led by the course manager. Students will be expected to prepare critical questions on course readings, give oral presentations, lead research seminar discussions, collaborate on critical writing, and provide mutual feedback on the development of their empirical projects. 

Eksamensform og -beskrivelse:X. experimental examination form (7-scale; external exam), 7-trins-skala, Ekstern censur

Mandatory requirements for the course: students must submit a research plan mid-way through the course, and are required to run a research seminar (including oral presentation) in order to be eligible for the final exam.  

Litteratur udover forskningsartikler:Other materials from e.g. public press, internet etc., may be included. 
Afholdelse (tid og sted)
Kurset afholdes på følgende tid og sted:
Torsdag 12.00-13.50 Forelæsning ITU 4A22
Torsdag 14.00-15.50 Øvelser ITU 4A22

Eksamen afholdes på følgende tid og sted:
2012-05-23 Deadline 3 p.m. Eksamensopgave 1 ITU Lokale oplyses senere