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2019-2020 Academic Catalogue 
2019-2020 Academic Catalogue [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

IS 339 - Digital Media and South Asian Politics

Lecture Hours: 3
Lab Hours: 0
Credit Hours: 3

Digital media and information technologies enable the masses to express their views and to enjoy direct participation in various political and public decision-making arenas. This course will explore the relationship between technology, media and society in South Asia and how new forms of social connections and participatory technology impact political behavior in the region. We will investigate the significance of various new media technologies by reflecting on theoretical and social scientific perspectives to advance our understanding of South Asian politics. While on the one hand interactive digital environments provide new participatory spaces, digital information technologies can also open up new areas of concerns, such as loss of privacy, surveillance, cybersecurity, and withdrawal from the offline political sphere.