17.918 New Global Agenda: Exploring 21st Century Challenges through Innovations in Information Technologies

January (IAP) 2006

Fiber optics used for global communication.
Fiber optics used for global communication. (Image courtesy of NASA.)

Course Highlights

This course features detailed paper and project descriptions in the assignments section. This course is offered during the Independent Activities Period (IAP), which is a special 4-week term at MIT that runs from the first week of January until the end of the month.

Course Description

This workshop is designed to introduce students to different perspectives on international politics in the 21st century. Students will explore how advances in information technology are changing international relations and global governance through opening new channels of communication, creating new methods of education, and new potentials for democratization. We will consider the positive and negative externalities associated with applications of such technologies. Students will be encouraged to look at alternative futures, and/or to frame solutions to problems that they define. The class will include guest lectures, discussions, and a final project and presentation.
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Prof. Nazli Choucri

Course Meeting Times

Three Week Workshop
2-3 sessions / week
3 hours / session