|LEC #||TOPICS||KEY DATES|
|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.
|Assignment 1 due|
|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.
|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.
|Assignment 2 due|
|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.
|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.
|Week 3: Wrap-Up|
|7||Knowledge and Information for Sustainable Development
Focus: Presentation and available opportunities through the Global System for Sustainable Development.
|8||Presentations for Assignment 3||Final project due|