[ 575WGESWDGS10 ] SE Web, Democracy, and Governance

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Workload Education level Study areas Responsible person Hours per week Coordinating university
3 ECTS M1 - Master's programme 1. year Social Science Johann Bacher 2 hpw Johannes Kepler University Linz
Detailed information
Pre-requisites (*)keine (die Zulassung zum Studium vorausgesetzt)
Original study plan Master's programme Web Sciences 2013W
Objectives Students will be required to independently examine academic papers and engage in discussions with classmates on selected aspects of functionality in order to explore the problems and consequences of ICT in the context of political institutions.
Subject The course explores topics such as e-government, e-voting, digital divide, politically motivated restrictions and limitations of private spheres online as well as the application of web-based technologies within political institutions (EU and UNO) which support broader access to political participation.
Criteria for evaluation The final grades of the participants is depending on the following criteria:

• Written contributions to the seminar which include reviews and excerpts, as well as a concluding seminar paper.
• Active participation during the course in form of impulse presentations, participation in discussions and the completion of in class tasks.
• Oral presentations of provided content or own papers in class.

Methods Reading seminar
Language German
Study material Alexander, Jeffrey C. (2011): Performative Revolution in Egypt – An Essay in Cultural Power. Bloomsbury Academic. London; (1987): The Centrality of the Classics. In Giddens, Anthony; Turner, Jonathan J. (Hrsg.): Social Theory Today. Standford; Stanford University Press 1987, S. 11-57; (2006): The Civil Sphere. Oxford University Press USA: New York; (2010): The performance of politics: Obama's Victory and the Democratic Struggle for Power. Oxford University Press USA: New York

Dawes, Sharon S. (2008): The Evolution and Continuing Challenges of E-Governance. In Public Administration Review • December 2008, S. 86 – 102

Gerlach Jan ; Gasser Urs (2009): Three Case Studies from Switzerland. In Internet & Democracy Case Study Series - Berkman Center Research Publication No. 2009-03.1, S. 1 – 17

Filzmaier, Peter; Karmasin, Matthias; Klepp, Cornelia (Hrsg.) (2006): Politik und Medien X Medien und Politik. Facultas Verlag: Wien

Filzmaier, Peter; Plaikner, Peter; Duffek, Karl A. (Hrsg.) (2007): Mediendemokratie Österreich. Böhlau Verlag: Wien

Habermas, Jürgen (1990): Strukturwandel der Öffentlichkeit: Untersuchungen zu einer Kategorie der bürgerlichen Gesellschaft . Frankfurt; Suhrkamp Verlag, 12 Auflage

Münch, Richard (2009): Globale Eliten, Lokale Autoritäten. Suhrkamp Verlag: Frankfurt

Hadler, Markus (2006): Wie demokratiefreundlich sind die EuropäerInnen? (Süd-) ost- und Westeuropa im Vergleich. SWS-Rundschau (46. Jg.) Heft 1 / 2006, S. 65 – 85

Oostveen, Anne-Marie (2009): Users’ experiences with e-voting: a comparative case study. In J. Electronic Governance, Vol. 2, No. 4, 2009, S. 357 – 377

Plasser, Fritz (Hrsg.) (2009): Politik in der Medienarena. Fakultas Verlag: Wien.

Quintelier, Ellen; Vissers, Sara (2008): The Effect of Internet Use on Political Participation - An Analysis of Survey Results for 16-Year-Olds in Belgium. In Social Science Computer Review OnlineFirst, veröffentlicht am February 5, 2008 als doi:10.1177/0894439307312631, S. 1 – 17

Strohmeier, Gerd (2011): Web 2.0 – Demokratie 2.0 – homo politicus 2.0?. In Journal of Media Research, 2(10)/2011, S. 28 – 38

Changing subject? No
On-site course
Maximum number of participants 25
Assignment procedure Assignment according to priority