Technology and Popular Culture
Technology is becoming more and more important and prevalent in all aspects of our culture. Computer activism, hactivism, is impacting our social, economic, and political structures at an increasing rate. Even as students become voracious consumers of technology, they have only a passing notion of how computers actually work, what is possible, and what is still beyond technical limits.
In this focal study, students gain a foundational knowledge in how computers work by taking courses from the first category. Courses from the second category allow students to apply technology to real world problems. Courses from the third category demonstrate technology in a larger context by examining specific examples of how technology is impacting our everyday lives.
Instructions for Focal Study 14
Complete at least three courses and a minimum of 10 credits in this focal study. No more than two of these courses may have the same disciplinary prefix.
Complete one course from each cluster.
|First Cluster (complete 1 course)|
|CS 150||Introduction to Computer Science||4 credits|
|CS 121||Our Digital World||2 credits|
|CS 130||Introduction to Software Tools||2 credits|
|CS 205||Introduction to Programming for Multimedia||4 credits|
|Second Cluster (complete 1 course)|
|MEDA 122||Introduction to Digital Media||2 credits|
|MEDA 112||Media in Society||4 credits|
|ARTST 119||Intro to Digital Imaging||2 credits|
|ARTST 208||Design for Function||4 credits|
|ARTST 217||Digital Art I||4 credits|
|ARTST 218||Digital Illustration I||4 credits|
|ENV 270||Geospatial Analysis using GIS||4 credits|
|MATH 301||Mathematical Modeling||4 credits|
|Third Cluster (complete 1 course)|
|POLS 301||Politics and the Media||4 credits|
|PHIL 202||Ethics and Society||4 credits|
|POLS 226||The Politics of Surveillance (offered every 3 years)||4 credits|
|ANTH/SOC 317||Sociology of Popular Culture||4 credits|