DIGITAL 358 - Topics in Digital Studies
Winter 2021, Section 001 - Global Digital Activism
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  Online (see other Sections below)
Subject: Digital Studies (DIGITAL)
Department: LSA American Culture
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Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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This seminar focuses on global digital activism, defined broadly as activism associated with the use of digital media technologies (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, mobile phones). The goal is to provide students with a tool-kit for analyzing digital activism and to develop a critical understanding of the role of digital technologies in contemporary activism and its implications for global social change. Major cases to be examined include Occupy Wall Street and Black Lives Matter in the US, feminist activism, the Arab Spring, and the Umbrella Revolution in Hong Kong.

Course Requirements:

Students are expected to complete the assigned readings (or watch/listen to other assigned materials) and interact with each other and the instructor. Students will be assessed on: participation (in synchronous/asynchronous discussions), written responses and other short written assignments, a final paper (10-12 pages).

Class Format:

Course instruction will be entirely remote. Some of the lectures will be synchronous and some will be asynchronous. Discussions will happen both synchronously and asynchronously. The main hub for all the content of the class will be Canvas. Synchronous lectures and discussions will take place via Zoom. Other platforms and modalities of engagement might be introduced in consultation with the students.


DIGITAL 358 - Topics in Digital Studies
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: 001: Global Digital Activism
002 (LEC)
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Note: 002: Digital Bodies
003 (LEC)
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
Note: 003: Deception, Manipulation, and Privacy in the Digital Age
004 (LEC)
MW 8:30AM - 10:00AM
Note: 004: How Do Algorithms See?

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