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Kirsten A Foot
POL S 451
Seattle Campus

Communication Technology and Politics

Employs some core concepts of political communication and theories of democracy to examine the emerging role of information and communication technologies in candidate and issue campaigning; online voting; protest and advocacy movements; law-making and electronic governance in the United States and internationally. Offered: jointly with COM 407.

Class description


Pundits and presidential candidates have declared the advent of ‘politics online.’ From political discussions on Usenet to Bob Dole’s clumsy announcement of a campaign Web site address in 1996, to the coordination of protests via e-mail and the Web, and the data-mining efforts of elite lobbyists, digital information and communication technologies (ICTs) have become crucial components of contemporary politics. We will use some of the core concepts of political communication and deliberative democracy theories to examine the emerging role of ICTs in candidate and issue campaigning, online voting, protest and advocacy movements, law-making and electronic governance—both within the U.S. and internationally.

Student learning goals

see description of COM407

General method of instruction

see description of COM407

Recommended preparation

see description of COM407

Class assignments and grading

see description of COM407

see description of COM407

The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Kirsten A Foot
Date: 09/21/2010