MAS 965 The Virtual Society
Course Description

Drawing on work in cognitive science, urban design, anthropology, etc., as well as on research in the sociology of online communities, we will examine the ways social cues are communicated in the real and the virtual world, discuss the limits imposed upon on-line communities by their mediated nature, and explore directions that virtual societies can take that are impossible for physical ones.

Examples of the issues we will study in depth include: