DIGITAL 366 - Interdisciplinary Themes in Digital Studies
Fall 2022, Section 001 - Deception, Manipulation, and Privacy in the Digital Age
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).
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Start/End Date:
Full Term 8/29/22 - 12/9/22 (see other Sections below)
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This course explores how big tech companies create new data streams to compel users to generate new cash flows, how micro-targeting and astroturfing has disrupted elections worldwide, and interventions for taking back control of our data. It’s often said that if you’re not paying for it, you’re the product; this course explores the ways in which we are digitally manipulated to widen the bandwidth of the data we share with corporations and the negative impacts this can have on society. As a class we will be exploring specific instances of clandestine rhetorical operations to sway public opinion through misinformation, such as the Cambridge Analytica scandal and the flood of misinformation spread during the peak of the COVID-19 outbreak.

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 four large assignments such as a podcast episode, analytical essay, 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 digital propaganda and persuasion.


DIGITAL 366 - Interdisciplinary Themes in Digital Studies
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
8/29/22 - 12/9/22

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