DIGITAL 258 - Humanities Themes in Digital Studies
Fall 2022, Section 001 - Fan Fiction, Theorycrafting, and Online Communities
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is   Hybrid (see other Sections below)
Subject: Digital Studies (DIGITAL)
Department: LSA Digital Studies Institute
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Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:
Start/End Date:
Full Term 8/29/22 - 12/9/22 (see other Sections below)
NOTE: Drop/Add deadlines are dependent on the class meeting dates and will differ for full term versus partial term offerings.
For information on drop/add deadlines, see the Office of the Registrar and search Registration Deadlines.


This course explores various online producer/consumer communities including fan fiction writers, chiptune music producers, game modders, glitch artists, zinesters, theorycrafters, and more! Together we will discover communities of practice, inquire as to what motivates their participants, and hopefully find a little space online where you too can contribute to the thriving body of human creativity and knowledge found in these communities.

Course Requirements:

This course requires regular participation in lectures, timely completion of reading and writing assignments, and active involvement in class discussion. Students will write a series of small response papers (1-2 pages) or similar small-investment media projects like leading class discussion. Students will also complete large assignments such as a podcast episode, fanfiction story, chiptune music song, theorycrafting document, piece of glitch art, or video essay over the course of the semester. 

Intended Audience:

This course is accessible to all undergraduate students at all levels, including Digital Studies minors and non-DS minors who have an abiding interest in the weird world of internet prosumer communities.


DIGITAL 258 - Humanities Themes in Digital Studies
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
8/29/22 - 12/9/22
002 (LEC)
 In Person
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
8/29/22 - 12/9/22
003 (LEC)
 In Person
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
8/29/22 - 12/9/22

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