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Spring 2019

In these classes, we will be examining different ways in which digital media has contributed to new modes of thinking about topics of social and cultural importance . Through assigned texts and selected videos, podcasts, and other examples of popular digital media we will be meditating on what creativity and communication means in the 21st century. In addition to working with the assigned course texts, students will have the opportunity to develop projects that utilize digital media in order to generate their own ideas around the question, what does it mean to be connected in the digital age?

This course satisfies two SAS Core Requirements
Area of Inquiry: Arts and Humanities; Critical and Creative Expression [AHr]
Cognitive Skills and Processes: Information Technology and Research [ITR] 

Section                          Subtitle                           Instructor Day/Period Location Index Campus
01 Documenting YOUR World McCarter  W/3,4 MU-305 08643 CAC
02 TBD Madden M,Th/2 MU-038 08755 CAC
03 The Fluid Page Standridge T,Th/8 MU-038 08967 CAC
04 Turn on Your Radio and Hide! Dawson W/2,3 MU-038 09748 CAC
05 Documenting YOUR World Hulme  T/6,7 MU-038 09749 CAC
07 TBD Lowe M/2,3 MU-001 10256 CAC
08 Storytelling in the Digital Age Ahmed M/2,3 MU-302 12893 CAC
10 Curiosity and Expression Bielecki Th/2,3 MU-305 11608 CAC
11 Documenting YOUR World McCarter M/4,5 MU-038 13272 CAC
12 Millenials and Multimedia Fitzgerald M,W/6 MU-038 14572 CAC
13 At Home: What Does it Mean?  Kearney W/4,5 MU-038 14694 CAC
14 The Fluid Page Standridge Th/6,7 MU-302 14695 CAC
15  Documenting YOUR World Tyc M/6,7 MU-305 14942  CAC
16  Storytelling in the Digital Age Ahmed  Th/2,3 MU-001 14978  CAC
17  At Home: What Does it Mean? Kearney W/7,8  MU-038 TBD  CAC

*Honors College students and SAS Honors students enroll in Section H1

H1 Curiosity and Expression Bielecki T/2,3 MU-305 11609 CAC

01, 05, 09, 11, 14 - Documenting YOUR World
Sometimes, it feels like The News has everything covered: politics, entertainment, climate change, business. But there’s something only you can report on: The story of your everyday life. How your immediate world keeps changing. Is there a new graffiti artist in town? Is something fresh happening in the local music scene? Has your circle of friends changed its view on an issue? Is a new fashion trend emerging on campus? Through blog posts, a podcast, and a video project, we’ll keep track of micro-stories like these, analyzing and exploring them in different ways.

03 - The Fluid Page 
Digital media has altered not only the way we create and consume information, but it has also profoundly altered how we value that information; furthermore, it has changed the way we think. The realm of digital media is growing and changing so rapidly that even the experts often have trouble making sense of what tools like blogs, social media, and digital publishing mean for the future of human communication. In this class, we will be critically examining the ways that digital media has inspired us to reconsider permanence and fluidity, as they relate to information. Through assigned texts, websites, videos, and podcasts, students will rethink the modes of presenting information and find what it means to contribute to the perpetually updated World Wide Web. Students will also develop projects using digital media in order to explore their own personal questions about what it means to create and consume media in the Digital Age. 

04 - Turn on your Radio and Hide!
The age of the iPod is over, but a genre of narrative audio that took its name — “podcasting” — is thriving. The course focuses on the rise of the modern fictional podcast from its roots in Golden Age radio drama. Students will listen/respond to several vintage radio dramas and modern podcasts, prepare a handful of sonic adaptations (from visual or textual sources), then write/produce two original podcasts (i.e. a "sound story" and an "ear movie"), as well as one video (in which the visual information doesn't compromise the work's integrity as audio narrative). The course also includes visits with a variety of podcast professionals (and at least one live performance of a classic radio drama). The great strength of audio storytelling, is the mind's innate willingness to try to see whatever someone suggests it see, no matter how bizarre. So come on, folks, let's get crazy!

08 - Storytelling in the Digital Age
Students will hone their creative writing and critical thinking skills, to learn the various styles and formats of storytelling in the digital age. You will create a digital portfolio which is a personal blog of your work throughout the semester. The portfolio will include – personal narrative, podcast, video essay, film critique, blog posts on current events, well-thought-out final essays or short fiction. How do we tell stories in the digital age? Are the possibilities endless? Let’s find out!

 

12 - Millenials and Multimedia
Through blog posts, video essays, podcasts, and other multimedia projects, you will explore the ways you define yourselves within and against the millennial generation that is being actively discussed in the blogosphere. According to a 2014 White House report, one quarter of millennials—Americans born between 1980 and 2000—“believe that their relationship to technology is what makes their generation unique.” In this course, you will use multimedia composition—that is, writing and creating using digital technologies—in order to analyze, define, and ultimately contribute to millennial culture. You will theorize how millennials differ from Gen Xers, Baby Boomers, and from other generational groups, considering questions not only of technology but also of race, gender, class, employment, education, health, family, community, and attitude.

13 - At Home: What Does it Mean?
What is home? Is it a place of belonging, of safety, of refuge? Must it be something that we call ours, that we identify with? Or can home be a dwelling in bewilderment? What happens when we don’t feel at home, when we don’t belong? In this class, we will develop work that documents the shapes and contours of our intimate dwellings and the stories of those who inhabit them. Through videos, podcasts, and graphic illustrations, students will develop narratives around questions of home and estrangement, investigating how each specific digital media employed can serve as a unique lens to view both feeling at home and feeling estranged. Students of all backgrounds and disciplines welcome!

10 - Curiosity and Expression 
How are our perceptions of art, communications, and information changing as a result of wide spread access to digital technologies and various digital media platforms? This course provides students the opportunity to explore the conceptual challenges that have emerged from the ever expanding digital world that we inhabit through blog postings, group exercises, and individual digital media projects that provide hands on experience of what it is like to compose and share works that are both thought provoking and entertaining.

* Honors College students and SAS Honors students enroll in Section H1

*H1 (Honors) - Curiosity and Expression
How are our perceptions of art, communications, and information changing as a result of wide spread access to digital technologies and various digital media platforms? This course provides students the opportunity to explore the conceptual challenges that have emerged from the ever expanding digital world that we inhabit through blog postings, group exercises, and individual digital media projects that provide hands on experience of what it is like to compose and share works that are both thought provoking and entertaining. Taught at Honors level.

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