CCGL9008 Global Issues
Cybersocieties: Understanding Technology as Global Change
[This course is under the thematic clusters of ‘Sustaining Cities, Cultures, and the Earth’ and ‘The Quest for a Meaningful Life’ / ‘The Universe and the Question of Meaning’.]
The dual revolutions of technology and globalization are shaping each other and directing the way we live, learn, work and socialize. As evidenced by a wide range of fundamental social, cultural, political and economic transformations, the world today is becoming increasingly globalized. Within this environment, it is essential that we examine how Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is directing and redefining what it means to live in a “global society”. The melding of technology and globalization has become the touchstone of the new millennium and it is impossible to discuss the impact and significance of one without the other.
Within this context, this course asks: What impact does the internet and online social networks have on how we interact with each other, how we perceive global issues as well as how we perceive ourselves? What kind of global society are we heading toward? How is digital activism, especially by youth, changing society? This course also requires students to reflect critically on their own uses of technology and how today’s “net generation” is confronted with global technologies that are, at once, both empowering and constraining. This course is designed to inspire students to not only broaden their interest and understanding of globalization, but to develop a position as informed global citizens, to articulate the impact of technology on all human endeavors, and to improvise how technologies can be used to achieve a set of sustainable development goals (SDGs) outlined by the United Nations.
This course will make use of a mix of online videos and broad-based lectures. It is intended to be interdisciplinary in scope, embracing topics within the field of sociology, criminology, anthropology, gender studies, media and communication, philosophy, business, political science, economics, science and technology and the humanities. Students are expected to actively participate and have a willingness to immerse in social media such as web forums, blogs, tweets, YouTube and related video sharing sites.
Course Learning Outcomes
On completing the course, students will be able to:
- Differentiate and integrate the key theories, concepts and issues relating to globalization and ICT.
- Apply key concepts and theories framing the interface of globalization and ICT to their everyday experiences.
- Demonstrate a keen understanding of the interconnectedness of the world by critically evaluating films, websites, video clips, Internet media, and other sources.
- Explore and apply a multi-cultural perspective of global citizenship and the duties and responsibilities associated with global membership.
Offer Semester and Day of Teaching
Second semester (Wed)
|Activities||Number of hours|
|Reading / Self-study||20|
|Assessment: Essay / Report writing||30|
|Assessment: Presentation (incl preparation)||40|
|Assessment: In-class test (incl preparation)||8|
Assessment: 100% coursework
|Group YouTube project/presentation||40|
|Tutorial critical reflections and discussion||10|
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