• Syllabus for Digital Divides: Race, Class, and Gender in the Age of the Internet

    Author(s):
    Danica Savonick (see profile)
    Date:
    2020
    Group(s):
    Cultural Studies, Digital Humanists, Education and Pedagogy, TC Digital Humanities
    Subject(s):
    Digital humanities, Digital culture, American studies, Feminist pedagogy
    Item Type:
    Syllabus
    Tag(s):
    digital studies
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/9p20-x378
    Abstract:
    Syllabus for an upper-level English seminar at SUNY Cortland | Is Google racist? Is Wikipedia sexist? In this course, we will critically reflect on the digital tools and platforms that mediate so much of our daily lives. More specifically, we will explore how digital technologies can reproduce and challenge conditions of racial, class, and gender inequality. Together, we will consider the ethics and politics of topics such as digital redlining, surveillance, privacy, education technologies, algorithms, and other topics selected by students. Equally as important is the collaborative, project-based, and student-centered method of the course. This means that students are expected to help shape the content, methods, and means by which their learning is assessed. In addition, students will learn by teaching material to the class, through hands-on activities in which we make things (often in a computer lab), and through collaborative group projects, in which we develop strategies for breaking large projects into smaller components and evenly distributing work. Rather than traditional papers, assignments include blogging, an analysis of digital tools and projects, a Wikipedia edit-a-thon, a co-taught lesson plan, and a creative final project. Thinking alongside Audre Lorde, we will work together to “envision what has not been and…make the reality and pursuit of that vision irresistible.” Note: this course emphasizes experimentation and creativity. It is also perfect for beginners; no advanced knowledge of digital technologies is necessary.
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