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Cyberespace et Internet

  • Teacher(s):   S.Ghernaouti  
  • English title: Cyberspace and Internet
  • Course given in: French
  • ECTS Credits: 6 credits
  • Schedule: Spring Semester 2020-2021, 4.0h. course (weekly average)
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  • Related programmes:
    Bachelor (BSc) in Economic Sciences

    Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Management
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Objectives

At the end of the course the student will be able to :

  • Analyze the evolutions that have led to the information society and the digital age;
  • Illustrate the main issues associated with the development of the computerization of society;
  • Understand the actors of the digital ecosystem, the impacts of digital technology and in particular of big data and artificial intelligence on society;
  • Identify the risks associated with the extensive use of digital technologies;
  • Demonstrate a critical spirit with regard to the development of the Internet, its uses and its socio-economic and political impacts.;

Contents

Through an interdisciplinary approach, the course offers elements of understanding of cyberspace, the Internet and the digital ecosystem.

The course is structured around the following themes:

  • Origins of the information society and the Internet
  • Main technological developments
  • Putting into perspective the evolution of digital practicesMain developments in digital practices
  • Social, economic and political aspects of the Internet and cyberspace
  • New forms of dependency and domination induced by digital technology
  • Stakes and challenges of risk management.

References

Reference book (mandatory):

C. Durand, « Techno-Féodalisme, critique de l’économie numérique». Paris, La Découverte, coll. « Zones », 2020, 256 p., ISBN : 9782355221156.

Recommended books (optional):

- S.Ghernaouti & A.Dufour, « Internet », Collection Que-sais-je?, PUF, 2016

- E. Sardin, L’Intelligence artificielle ou l’enjeu du siècle : Anatomie d’un antihumanisme radical, L'Échappée, coll. « Pour en finir avec », octobre 2018, 304 p.

Pre-requisites

For pedagogical and supervisory reasons the course is limited to
Maximum 50 students.

  • Basic knowledge of the Internet.
  • Ability to process, analyze, synthesize and release information in French.
  • Need to be fluent in French


If you are interested in teaching, please log on to the course moodle page on Monday 17 February 2020 from 9:00 am (https://moodle.unil.ch/course/view.php?id=15023). The first 50 students will be registered on a first come, first served basis if and only if they meet the following conditions:
To have followed and validated these two courses:

  • Information System - Prof. B. Mueller
  • Risk Management - Prof. J. Wagner

Evaluation

First attempt

Exam:
Without exam (cf. terms)  
Evaluation:

Ongoing work

  • 3 reports due by March 22, April 22, May 22, 2021
  • (30%) of the final grade
  • Questions about the work to be done and answers in French.

Individual work

1 work of deepening relating to the book "Techno-Féodalisme".

  • (70%) of the final grade
  • Questions about the work to be done and answers in French.

Retake

Exam:
Without exam (cf. terms)  
Evaluation:

Ongoing work

  • 3 reports (different subjects from those of the first attempt) to be submitted on August 27, 2021.
  • (30%) of the final grade
  • Questions about the work to be done and answers in French.

Individual work

1 work of deepening relating to the book "Techno-Féodalisme" (subject different from that of the first attempt) to be submitted on August 27, 2021.

  • (70%) of the final grade
  • Questions about the work to be done and answers in French.



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