SSI1 158

The Digital Age and its Discontents

The topic of this course can be boiled down to an observation and a question: advances in digital technology are transforming the way we read, write, communicate, and even, according to some scholars and scientists, think; what are the consequences of these transformations? As part of a generation of "digital natives," university students and their peers are at times the objects of study, the evidence for various arguments, and the authority on digital technology. The goal for this course is for students to finish the semester with greater insight into the complexities of how technology shapes their lives. Students leave the course as savvy readers, thinkers, and writers, with the ability to transfer the skills they have developed for understanding this area of academic argument to any number of important social and academic debates. Affiliate department: English.