Course Schedule 2018

[ Updated Oct. 25, 2018 — some readings will be updated later ]

Week 1 | Aug. 22–25

Introduction to the course. Instructions about setting up your blog. Expectations and assignments. What you need to do and turn in before the second class meeting.

NOTE: If you miss the first class meeting, you must make an appointment to come and meet with me in my office before the second class meeting.

Week 2 | Aug. 26–Sept. 1

This week, and in all upcoming weeks (unless specifically noted on this page), the blog post is due Monday at 9 a.m.

Blog post 1 due. Topics: Media, power, democracy, and the internet. The obligations of citizens. READ Dahlgren (2006) AND Ess (2018). For best results, read Dahlgren first. (edited 8/22)

(Most readings are in the Ares course reserves.)

> Download the Readings PDF —LINK TO COME— Note: Links may not be clickable unless you download the document.

Week 3 | Sept. 2–8

Blog post 2 due on TUESDAY, Sept. 4 (at 9 a.m.) because of the Monday holiday. Topics: Freedom of speech, press, and assembly. How are rights guaranteed? READ Universal Declaration of Human Rights AND Voorhoof & Cannie (2010) AND Freedom of Expression: ACLU. (edited 8/31)

Week 4 | Sept. 9–13

Your professor will be at a conference this week. Class will not meet. See next week’s assignment.

Week 5 | Sept. 16–22

Blog post 3 due. Topics: Civil discussion online: Who speaks? Who is heard? READ Brock (2012) AND Jacobson & Mascaro (2016) AND Barnard (2017). Twitter assignment. NOTE: Start work on this assignment EARLY. There is extra work that requires tasks for a full week BEFORE you write the post. (edited 9/7)

Week 6 | Sept. 23–29

Blog post 4 due. Topics: Organizing political movements and hate groups online. READ Holt, Freilich, & Chermak (2017) AND Youmans & York (2012).

Week 7 | Sept. 30–Oct. 6

Blog post 5 due. Topics: Privacy in a digital world, privacy and corporate power. Who controls information about you? Government surveillance of citizens. Privacy as a human right. Readings list (see assignment before you start reading; you must select two from each list):



Week 8 | Oct. 7–13

Blog post 6 due. Topics: Digital outlaws, hackers and hacktivists, hacker culture, open source, file sharing. READ Söderberg (2013) and John (2014).

Week 9 | Oct. 14–20

Blog post 7 due. Topic: Algorithms and their consequences. READ Willson (2016) AND Crawford (2016).

Week 10 | Oct. 21–27

Project work week.

Week 11 | Oct. 28–Nov. 3

Blog post 8 due. Topics: Implications of the mobile Internet and the Digital Divide. READ Wijetunga (2014) AND Baird & Hartter (2017).

Week 12 | Nov. 4–10

Research report/reference list due. Topics: Fake news and trust in news; an informed public sufficient to make choices for democratic agency.

Week 13 | Nov. 11–17

Blog post 9 due. Topics: Crowdsourcing: What it is, what it can be used for, how it works. (Note: NOT crowdfunding.) READ Brabham (2012) AND Asmolov (2015).

Week 14 | Nov. 18–24

Thursday is Thanksgiving. Class will not meet. No blog post. No comments.

Week 15 | Nov. 25–Dec.1

Blog post 10 due. Topics: Viral online media; what is “virality”? How are messages propagated? READ Berger & Milkman (2012) AND Alhabash & McAlister (2015) AND (very short) Peretti (2013).

There is no final exam.