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STS 280
Silicon Valley: Digital Transformation and Democracy Fall 2020
Division II
Cross-listed POEC 280 / PSCI 280 / STS 280

Class Details

Nearly every country in the world seeks to drive economic growth by promoting digital technologies. In the twenty-first century, the universal model is Silicon Valley. But as much as tech may drive economic growth, it may also threaten democratic politics. This tutorial explores this tension. We do so in four steps by examining (1) the origins of the Silicon Valley model, (2) other countries’ attempts to emulate it, (3) what it’s like to work in tech, and (4) possibilities for regulating the tech sector. Each step will deepen students’ understanding of tech. By engaging multiple analytical lenses, students will develop the tools to articulate the possibilities and imperatives of democratic politics in the twenty-first century.
The Class: Format: tutorial
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 2592
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Five 5-page papers; five 2-page responses; participation
Prerequisites: One introductory course in political science and/or permission of the instructor.
Enrollment Preferences: Preference will be given to sophomores or juniors majoring in a Division II field
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
POEC 280 Division II PSCI 280 Division II STS 280 Division II
Attributes: POEC Comparative POEC/Public Policy Courses
PSCI American Politics Courses
PSCI Comparative Politics Courses
PSCI Political Theory Courses

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