ENG 4932: Digital Culture
Fall 2007 Course Syllabus

Weekly Schedule of Readings and Exercises

Class Details

Meeting: Tuesdays & Thursdays Room: Williams 217
Time: 11.00-12.15 [Electronic Classroom]
Instructor: David L. Gants Office: Williams 317
Telephone: 850-270-1232 E-mail: dgants(at)fsu.edu
Office Hours: Wednesdays 10.00-11.30 & 13.00-14.30 or by arrangement

Course Overview

Course Goals. Over the past fifteen years, the rapid adoption of networked computer resources has caused unparalleled changes in the way humans interact with one another. This class is an introduction to this evolving digital culture, with twin emphases on the techniques, tools, and theoretical underpinnings of digital technologies as well as the social institutions they have spawned. While the syllabus includes a substantial amount of reading, the primary pedagogical focus of the course will be an exploration of the various modes of computer-mediated negotiations in which we engage every day. Students will work both in and out of class on a series of exercises designed to familiarize them with on-line materials. Work over the semester will lead to a final collaborative project where students will have the opportunity to concentrate on an area of special interest. This course does not presume any prior experience with technology, although students should have ready access to a networked computer for course work.

Course Requirements.

Primary Texts. This course has one required text:

All other readings will be from on-line sources whenever possible, although there may be occasional photocopied journal articles at the Strozier Library Reserve Desk.

Course Policies.