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Cyberpolitics (Elective)
Semester: 6th term

Course Goals

By the end of the course the student should be able to:

  • understand the political and social phenomena linked to the transformations fueled by technologies;
  • understand the implications of cyber technologies in terms of International Security and Sovereignty as it relates to International Relations;
  • analyze the role of information, technologies and communication in the current dynamics of the network society.

Prof. Victor Grinberg

Relations with the virtual - the Network and Cyber. Cyberpolitics and International Relations. Cyberpolitics, Cyberpower & Cyberthreats. Paradigms of International Security and Cyberthreats. The dynamics of Digital Democracy. Violations of the Electoral Process. Vulnerability of the Individual in the Digital Age. Cyberactivism. Memes and the politics of virality. The future of cyber and democracy.


Lectures, based on indicated bibliographies.

Grading and Assestment

  • N1: 40% (weekly assignments (60%) + multiple-choices exam (30%) + attendance/participation (10%));
  • N2: 60% (weekly assignments (35%) + multiple-choices exam (20%) + documentary/policy paper (20%) + seminars (15%) + attendance/participation (10%)).


Course Materials (basic reading)

CARAYANNIS, Elias G. et. al. Handbook of Cyber-Development, Cyber-Democracy, and Cyber-Defense. Nova Iorque: Springer International Publishing. 2018. CHOUCRI, Nazili. Cyberpolitics in International Relations. Cambridge: MIT Press. 2012. McCAUGHEY, Martha & AYERS, Michael D. Cyberactivism: online activity in Theory and Practice. Nova Iorque: Routledge. 2003.

Course Materials (complementary reading)

CHAGAS, Viktor et. al. A política dos memes e os memes da política: proposta metodológica de análise de conteúdo sobre memes dos debates nas Eleições 2014. Intexto, Porto Alegre, UFRGS, n. 38, p. 173-196, jan./abr. 2017. CHAGAS, Viktor. A febre dos memes de política. Porto Alegre: Comunicação Política, v. 25, n. 1. Jan-Abr, 2018. NYE Jr., Joseph S. Cyberpower. Cambridge: Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. 2010. NYE Jr., Joseph S. The Regime Complex for Managing Global Cyber Activities. Watreloo: CIGC. 2014. TENVOE, Chris. Digital Threats to Democratic Elections: How Foreign Actors use Digital Techniques to undermine Democracy. Columbia Britânica: CSDI. 2018

Victor Dias Grinberg

School of Economics and International Relations of
Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado - FAAP, SP, Brazil
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Victor Dias Grinberg

Victor Dias Grinberg is a Professor in School of Economics and International Relations of Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado - FAAP, SP, Brazil.

Master in Contemporary Communication at Faculdade Cásper Libero (FCL). Specialist in Media, Politics and Society from the Fundação Escola de Sociologia e Política de São Paulo (FESP-SP) and in Technology and Distance Learning from the Centro Universitário Dom Bosco (UniDOM), Graduated in International Relations from the Faculty of Economics of the Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado (FECON-FAAP), Licensed in Sociology by Faculdades Integradas de Ariquemes (FIAR-RO), Certified in Digital Marketing - Management of Social Networks, Metrics and Optimization - by São Paulo Digital School (SPdS). Works in the areas of Political Communication, Digital Political Communication and digital studies applied to politics.