IT, Globalisation and Culture
AbstractIn this course, students will learn to analyse and reflect upon the role of IT and culture in global collaborations.
SInce the 1980’s scholars have been arguing about the degree to which our world is becoming more globalised. At the heart of these discussions is the role that technologies, and in particular information technologies, play in globalising processes. With increasingly accelerated technological development people, goods, data, and ideas are now moving and working across more traditional territorial boundaries like never before. But with such an intensification of these processes come social, cultural, and political frictions. This course will provide students with a set of methodological and conceptual tools through which to engage with such frictions. With a particular focus on how global collaborations work in practice, students will learn to critically and reflexively approach the challenges and opportunities that emerge in collaborative settings. By engaging with a diversity of learning activities, including lectures, exercises, case work, and ethnographic writing, students will develop methodological procedures, analytical frameworks and critical reflection skills around IT-associated global collaborations.
Intended learning outcomes
After the course, the student should be able to:
- Describe the various theoretical perspectives on IT, globalisation and culture presented in the course.
- Situate and contextualise the socio-political, cultural, and technological issues at stake in globalizing processes.
- Study a case of IT-mediated collaboration in a global cultural context
- Examine and analyse your case through some of the conceptual tools discussed during the course.
- Critically reflect upon the role of IT and culture in global collaborations.
The course is organised around lectures, group exercises, student presentations, and written assignments that are to become a portfolio. The portfolio will reflect the topics that we work with during the course. The group exercises consist of practical and theoretical work that trains the identification, analysis and critical reflections about the themes of the course.
Required preparation for each time: Readings. Preparation from time to time will also include presentations of a text, writing of portfolio-assignments and commenting on the portfolios of other students.
The course literature is published in the course page in LearnIT.
Student Activity BudgetEstimated distribution of learning activities for the typical student
- Preparation for lectures and exercises: 20%
- Lectures: 15%
- Exercises: 15%
- Assignments: 20%
- Project work, supervision included: 20%
- Exam with preparation: 10%
Ordinary examExam type:
C: Submission of written work, External (7-point scale)
C11: Submission of written work
- The exam is a written report that the students analyse and critically reflect about their collaboration process during their case work.
- The written report is built up during the course through the submission of four portfolio essays.