AFR 272 Spring 2015 Examining African Media and Global Citizenship (D)

This course theorizes Internet citizenship as a new form of belonging based on participation in a global network of information rather than location or nationality. In a world mapped differently by technological, social and economic divides, how can New Media generate mutuality? As a knowledge-base, we will explore the cybercultures of Africa, via case studies, expressive culture and online ethnography. Much of this course will be conducted in an online format, via video discussion, and Web site interaction. In this course you will critique key principles of Internet Citizenship and gain digital media skills in the areas of file sharing, image and video upload, image and video editing, web design, game and app design and Internet storage. These learning units are meant to emphasize the playful and creative aspects of collaboration. Students will not only interact with each other online, but with virtual communities external to Williams, towards final projects that produce Internet Citizenship. No prior knowledge of coding required. Students must have regular access to a computer and Web camera.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: weekly reading and short writing assignments, one 7- to 10-page paper, two major tech-based projects (for example, designing an app, creating a viral media campaign)
Additional Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
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Prerequisites: none
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Divisional Attributes: Division II,Exploring Diversity
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Enrollment Limit: 15
Expected Enrollment: 15
Class Number: 3110
AFR 272 - 01 (S) SEM African Media (D) Division 2: Social StudiesExploring Diversity Initiative Reginold A. Royston
TF 1:10 PM-2:25 PM 3110
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