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PAIR6053 Collective Intelligence

Module Overview

This module examines the recent global diffusion of participatory governance innovations that leverage collective intelligence processes. Part one explores a variety of empirical applications in comparative prospective. Concrete examples will include participatory budgeting in Brazil and in the US, participatory poverty assessments in Indonesia, deliberative polling in China, citizens’ assemblies in British Columbia, crowd-sourcing law-making in Iceland, and a few other examples of recent ITC governance innovations. Part two explores the concepts of governance and accountability in political science and introduces some of the theoretical foundations of collective intelligence.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge of a variety of empirical examples of collective intelligence processes and an understanding of the theoretical debates around collective intelligence.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to : analyse the context in which collective intelligence innovations are developed, analyse their design, and evaluate their impact.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to design, implement, analyse and report a case study.

Syllabus

This is an indicative list of topics that may be covered in any given year. The actual examples may vary from year to year, so there is no guarantee of any example here being covered in any particular session. 1) Introduction: What is collective intelligence? 2) How to write a case study 3) Example 1: Participatory budgeting 4) Example 2: Citizens' assemblies 5) Example 3: Community driven development 6) Example 4: Participatory Monitoring 7) Example 5: Forecasting Markets and Forecasting Tournaments 8) Example 6: Online Deliberation & collaborative tools Part II: Theoretical models 9) Introduction to deliberative and participatory democracy 10) How does collective reasoning work? 11) Challenges to participatory and deliberative governance 12) How do we design collective intelligence democracies?

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching will be through 2-hour seminars each week (or twice a week depending on the format), which will incorporate some minilectures/student presentations and open group discussion. Independent reading and reflection are essential for class preparation and learning more generally.

TypeHours
Independent Study126
Teaching24
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Suroweicki  (2005). The wisdom of crowds. 

Mulgan  (2018). Big mind: How collective intelligence can change our world. 

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Case study 70%
Reading diary 30%

Repeat

MethodPercentage contribution
Case study 100%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Case study 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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