AFR 272 Spring 2015 Africa + the Internet: Producing Global Citizenship (D)

Cross Listed as INST272, ANTH274
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? Orienting globalization from the South, we will explore cosmopolitan- and cyber-cultures of today's Africa: Points of departure will be case studies in expressive culture and digital research in sites such as Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria, and more, as well as in the contemporary African diaspora. You will critique notions of the Network Society and develop skills in digital storytelling, visual design, and online tool making. Students will not only interact with each other online, but working with virtual communities external to Williams, develop a final tech project that produces Internet Citizenship. Portions of this course will be conducted in an online format via video discussion and interactions on a Web site. Students must have regular access to a computer and Web camera. Students will be evaluated for their attendance and participation, weekly reading and responses, and a final projects portfolio. No prior knowledge of coding required.
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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Divisional Attributes: Division II,Exploring Diversity
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Enrollment Limit: 8
Expected Enrollment: 8
Class Number: 3110
AFR 272 - 01 (S) SEM Africa + the Internet (D) Division 2: Social StudiesExploring Diversity Initiative Reginold A. Royston
TF 1:10 PM-2:25 PM Jesup 207 3110
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