Digital Sociology will introduce sociological theories and methods to understand digital technologies and their relation to social interaction and transactions.  We define the digital world in terms of relevant technologies of the Internet, social media, global outsourcing, digital communities, media, social networks and popular cultures.  This course aims to provide insights into the linkages between society, information and technology. Grounded mainly in the field of sociology, the course will examine the ways that information and technologies are penetrating everyday life at the level of groups, communities and institutions. The production, consumption, circulation and regulation of content embedded in technological products will be explored. We will invite faculty from other pillars and hold joint lectures on technological innovation and social behavior. Engineering and design students will benefit from understanding how technological products and services become agents of cultural and social transformation.

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Instructor
Nilanjan Raghunath