ANTH 274
Africa + the Internet: Producing Global Citizenship Spring 2015
Division II Exploring Diversity Initiative
Cross-listed AFR 272 / INST 272 / ANTH 274
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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.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 8
Expected: 8
Class#: 4120
Grading: OPG
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)
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
Prerequisites: none
Distributions: Division II Exploring Diversity Initiative
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
AFR 272 Division II INST 272 Division II ANTH 274 Division II

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