DIGC 1200: Digital Literacy and Cultural Change

Digital Literacy & Cultural Change
Course in Digital Culture
Course Description:

The growing presence of technology in our personal and professional lives is driving many forms of disruptive change. This course explores digital literacy as a concept and practice that offers tools for shaping cultural change as we navigate the present and look toward the future. From individual reflections on the costs of innovation to meaningful connection through digital communication, each of us has an impulse to shape change. This impulse often pushes us to learn, adapt, and create. It also demands digital literacy.

In DIGC 1200, students learn to deconstruct, create, and remix projects using digital tools that they will encounter in a variety of settings outside the course. This course pushes students to grapple with concepts that shape our current technological and social landscape and question assumptions about digital citizenship and digital natives. Thinking critically about audience, genre, rhetorical purpose, and design, students create various digital artifacts that speak to cultural change. Some of the essential guiding questions for the course include: How does technology affect the ways we share our values and perspectives? How do we foreground identity and agency when exploring participation in digital space? What are adaptable models for creative meaning-making with digital artifacts? How do we make room for serendipity, reflection, and revision in online participation? Who owns digital objects, and how do we represent that ownership?

Course Credits:
1 course unit (c.u.)*
Term Format:
Accelerated 8-Week Term
2024 Term Offered:
Fall 1 (accelerated): Aug 27 - Oct 21, 2024
Summer 1 (accelerated): May 28 – Jul 23, 2024
BAAS Foundational Requirement:
Qualitative Analysis - Digital Culture

*Academic credit is defined by the University of Pennsylvania as a course unit (c.u.). A course unit (c.u.) is a general measure of academic work over a period of time, typically a term (semester or summer). A c.u. (or a fraction of a c.u.) represents different types of academic work across different types of academic programs and is the basic unit of progress toward a degree. One c.u. is usually converted to a four-semester-hour course.


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