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Week 1: Introducing Technology in International Relations
1 Introductory Session and Trade-Networking Presentation

Focus: Course overview. We will also discuss how countries are becoming more economically intertwined and what such interconnectedness might mean for international relations.
2 Examples of Technology Advances

Focus: We will discuss recent technology advances and how they may affect international relations and policies.
Angell, Norman. The Great Illusion. New York, NY: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1912, chapters 1-2.

Amazon logo Friedman, Thomas. "The Ten Forces That Flattened the World." Chapter 12 in The World is Flat. New York, NY: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005. ISBN: 9780374292881.
3 Global Agenda! Simulation

Focus: We will discuss the development of a computer simulation designed to teach students about international relations. We will also brainstorm international relations technology and policy issues and discuss the final project.
Global Agenda!

Hughes, Barry. International Futures Web site and demonstrations.
Week 2: Technology in Government, and Vice Versa
4 Governing the Internet

Focus: In the previous class we discuss how technology affects governments; in this class we talk about how governance structures should be formed to regulate technology. We will specifically discuss how one developing technology, the Internet, should be regulated.
Palfrey, John G., Jr. "The End of the Experiment: How ICANN's Foray into Global Internet Democracy Failed." The Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School, no. 02 (January 2004). (PDF - 1.1 MB)

Amazon logo Siochru, Sean O., Bruce Girard, and Amy Mahan. Global Media Governance. New York, NY: Rowman and Littlefield, 2002, chapters 10-11. ISBN: 9780742515666.

Talbot, David. "The Internet Is Broken." Technology Review (December 2005/January 2006): 62-69.

World Summit on the Information Society.
5 Technology for Government Accountability: Dangers and Opportunities

Focus: We will discuss how advances in IT are changing government structures and its implications for international relations.
Amazon logo Hague, Barry N., and Brian D. Loader, eds. "Digital Democracy: An Introduction." In Digital Democracy; Discourse and Decision Making in the Information Age. New York, NY: Routledge, 1999. ISBN: 9780415197380.

Amazon logo Malina, Anna. "Perspectives on Citizen Democratisation and Alienation in the Virtual Public Sphere." In Digital Democracy; Discourse and Decision Making in the Information Age. Edited by Barry N. Hague and Brian D. Loader. New York, NY: Routledge, 1999. ISBN: 9780415197380.
6 System Dynamics and International Relations

Focus: We have discussed how interconnected the world is becoming. System dynamics can be a useful way for capturing the complexities of such changing international relations. Travis Franck will present the latest World-3 Model, a policy analysis tool that allows for simulation of alternative futures.
Choucri, Nazli, Christi Electris, Daniel Goldsmith, Dinsha Mistree, Stuart E. Madnick, J. Bradley Morrison, Michael Siegel, and Margaret Sweitzer-Hamilton. "Understanding and Modeling State Stability: Exploiting System Dynamics." MIT Sloan Research Paper No. 4574-06TBD. (January 2006)

Amazon logo Meadows, Donella, Jorgen Randers, and Dennis Meadows. Limits to Growth. White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green Publishing, 2004, preface. ISBN: 9781931498586.

Amazon logo Meadows, Donella. The Global Citizen. Washington, DC: Island Press, 1991, pp. 15-17 and 28-33. ISBN: 9781559630580.
Week 3: Wrap-Up
7 Knowledge and Information for Sustainable Development

Focus: Presentation and available opportunities through the Global System for Sustainable Development.
The GSSD Site will be the basis of the discussion. Please browse through it and get a sense of what it's for, and how it can be used.
8 Presentations for Assignment 3