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Study programmes 2013-2014Last update : 20/04/2014
COMU0030-1  Digital industries and information society

Duration :  30h Th
Number of credits :  
Master in Sociology, in-depth approach, 2nd year3
Master in Linguistics, Research focus, 1st year5
Master en communication multilingue, à finalité spécialisée en communication économique et sociale., 1st year4
Master in Information and Communication, Professional Focus in Journalism, 2nd year4
Master in Information and Communication, Professional Focus in Cultural Mediation and Book-related Professions, 2nd year4
Master in Information and Communication4
Lecturer :  Geoffrey Geuens
Language(s) of instruction :  
French language
Organisation and examination :  
Teaching in the first semester, review in January
Course contents :  
Located at the crossroads of sociography of economic elites and political history of ICT, the course aims to study - in various aspects and approaches - the digital industries and the so-called "information society".
From this perspective, two phenomena - inextricably linked - will be subject to discussion and investigation : 1 the "new" American ICT Security Complex 2° the political and economic construction of the ICT market in Europe.
Learning outcomes of the course :  
1) An effort will be made to make students more familiar with the resources and methods of a socioeconomic approach of ICT industrials and industries. This approach will combine an analysis of the capitalistic structure of the most powerful European and North American multinationals that operate in a variety of sub-sectors of ICT industries (hardware, software, telecommunications, semi-conductors, consumer electronics, etc.), with a more sociographic study of the executive structure of these companies ; 2) to introduce students to socioeconomic survey
Prerequisites and co-requisites/ Recommended optional programme components :  
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Planned learning activities and teaching methods :  
After a first hour class devoted to the theory and history of ICT, the teacher will introduce students to research in the field of ICT industries and industrials. These practical activities are preparatory to the research paper (by groups of two students) that students will submit at the end of the course.
Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning) :  
Face-to-face
Recommended or required readings :  
Required reading :
"La construction politique du marché des TIC" (Chap. V), in Geoffrey Geuens, Les vieilles élites de la nouvelle économie, Paris, Presses Universitaires de France, 2011.
Assessment methods and criteria :  
A research paper (by groups of two students), worth one third of the final grade, will be required. It will, on this occasion, verify the achievements of students in research in the field of ICT industrials and industries. Work instructions will be deposited on My ULg mid-October 2013. The work should be strictly submitted in the box of Geoffrey Geuens for Wednesday, December 18, 2013, twelve o'clock, at the latest. Students who have not deposited their work may not present oral examination.
The oral examination, worth two-thirds of the final grade, will test the theoretical knowledge of the course and the students' ability to exercise a critical view of the exposed material. The material over which students will be examined includes : 1) "La construction politique du marché des TIC" (Chap. V), in Geoffrey Geuens, Les vieilles élites de la nouvelle économie, Paris, Presses Universitaires de France, 2011. 2) theoretical lectures by the teacher, including information communicated through PowerPoint slide shows and school cases that have been the object of detailed analysis.
Work placement(s) :  
Organizational remarks :  
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Contacts :  
Instructor : Geoffrey Geuens, Département des « Arts et Sciences de la Communication », Place du 20-Août, 7, 4000 Liège (Bldg. A1, 4th floor). Tel. : 04 366 32 78. E-mail : Geoffrey.Geuens@ulg.ac.be Geoffrey Geuens will meet students every Thursday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Secretary : Anne-Marie D'Acchille, Département des « Arts et Sciences de la Communication », Place du 20-Août, 7, 4000 Liège (Bldg. A1, 4th floor). Tel. : 04 366 32 79. Fax : 04 366 51 84. E-mail : AM.DAcchille@ulg.ac.be


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