Course description

This course addresses the contemporary socio- technological challenges and debates about digital media and information technologies and their impact on society. It covers a broad spectrum of topics spanning digital technologies, social behaviors, and society. We will critically evaluate research evidence and its relevance to various social contexts and practices, diverse users and uses of social media, ethical and policy implications, trade-offs of potential solutions, and the impact of socio-technological shifts on individuals and communities. Our overarching goal is to challenge commonplace assumptions about these tools and phenomena; and to ask deeper questions about their profound impact on society.

Outcome 1: Analyze and critique the complex information society around them.

Outcome 2: Students will be able describe how the socio-economic and cultural environment is changing with economic environment are changing with the emergence of new media and digital technologies.

Outcome 3: Students will be able to identify, describe, and speak about pressing contemporary controversies around new media (e.g., privacy,relationships, expertise, content moderation.

Outcome 4: Students will be able to articulate their perspective on these issues, in relevant digital media formats.

Summer 2024: Online course