Spring 2007 Course Description

Advanced Topics in Public Policy

Section Title: Digital Transformation of Organizations
Instructor(s): Gary Chapman
Course: P A 388K - Advanced Topics in Public Policy
(previously Seminar in Topics in Public Policy)
Unique Number: 63460
Day & Time: Wednesdays, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Room: SRH 3.102
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This course fulfills requirements for the following specialization(s):

Description: This course will look at the transformation of organizations in the public sector, the nonprofit sector and in politics because of digital technologies such as computers, the Internet and telecommunications. Many organizations throughout the economy are undergoing profound alteration because of these new technologies and related capabilities. Specific examples will be discussed, as well as the larger context of the changing nature of work and communication. We will look at new tools for building and sustaining virtual communities. We will observe and discuss how these new tools are shaping political campaigns. We will examine how the boundaries of institutions are blurred by new forms of interactivity. We will discuss some emerging technologies and concepts, such as the "semantic Web," metadata, ubiquitous computing, and grid computing as possible sources of even more transformation.

The course will consist of readings, inquiry, field trips and seminar discussions session. Students will be asked to produce a relational database exercise and do a case study of organizational transformation and share this case study with the class in an oral presentation. The case study will also be turned in as a course paper at the end of the term.

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