Professor Steve Witt. This course examines the historical and contemporary transformations associated with globalization from the perspective of information as a core element of sociotechnical and political-economic processes. Drawing on themes of empire, industrialization, big science and data, and ubiquitous information systems, students will focus on questions such as: how and why global social developments came to be centered around information? What role has information organization and communications technologies (ICTs) played historically? What challenges does a globalized and informationally dominated society pose to contemporary life, social stability, and the planet? This course offering is for Undergraduate Students Only.