New media and society syllabus

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Published on March 3, 2014

Author: mprieler


New Media and Society Spring, 2014 Tuesday 12.00-13.30; Thursday 13.30-15.00 Classroom 10108 Everybody knows about the Internet, smartphones, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Wikipedia, and Google. This course, however, goes beyond these names and their applications and explains what role new media plays in contemporary society and their good and bad sides. This course aims to provide students with an understanding of the theories and the latest research analyzing new media in a global context. It will show students how new media has changed the economy, society, culture, politics, identity, friendships, citizenship, and everyday life. Through this course, students will develop critical thinking skills and will better understand new media and they will be able to ask deeper questions about the effect of new media on society. This course, however, is not only about new media. It will also make considerable use of new media in the classroom and for assignments. By using Facebook and Twitter, students will find this class to be truly interactive. They will be encouraged to interact, express, engage and learn beyond the confines of the classroom. Students will learn by listening thoughtfully to the instructor’s lectures, giving presentations, participating in class discussions and group works, and asking questions. Professor: E-Mail: Office: Hours: Tel.: Michael Prieler Dasan Hall, 5th Floor (Room 507) Monday 15.00-17.00, Wednesday 16.00-17.00 033-248-1938 Course Calendar Week 1 • Introduction to the Class • What is New Media? Week 2 • What is New Media? • Convergence and the Contemporary Media Experience Week 3 • Convergence and the Contemporary Media Experience • Digital Inequality and Digital Divide Week 4 • Digital Inequality and Digital Divide Week 5 1

• Privacy and Surveillance Week 6 • Privacy and Surveillance • New Media, Politics, and Citizenship Week 7 • New Media, Politics, and Citizenship Week 8 • Mid-term Examination: April 22 Week 9 • New Media and Journalism Week 10 • Mobile Media and Everyday Life Week 11 • New Media and Society/Social Media Week 12 • New Media and Identity Week 13 • The Dark Side of New Media • The Future of New Media Week 14 • Presentations Week 15 - Make-Up Classes: • June 9 till June 16 Week 16 • Final Examination Textbook There is no textbook, all PowerPoint slides will be uploaded to Facebook. The Facebook page for this course is: Grading Grades will be determined for this course according to the following formula: Attendance: 10% Presentation: 15% Group work: 20% Assignments: 15% 2

Mid-term exam: Final exam: A+ 95% A 90% B+ 85% B 80% C+ 75% C 70% D+ 65% D 60% F 0% - 20% 20% 100% 94.9% 89.9% 84.9% 79.9% 74.9% 69.9% 64.9% 59.9% Note carefully the dates for quizzes/examinations/presentations as listed on this syllabus or announced during class. If you miss any of the above without a valid excuse (illness, family emergency), you will receive a zero for that assignment. You need a certificate from a doctor or family member to excuse your absence. It is your responsibility to inform the instructor of your absence BEFORE the scheduled quiz/exam/presentation. Students leaving for military service or to begin a job shortly before the end of the term still have to fulfill all requirements of the class (i.e. exams, presentations, homeworks, etc.), although they are excluded from the attendance policy. Not fulfilling these requirements or other alternatives suggested by the professor will result in an F. Attendance/Class Participation Attendance is expected for this course, and will influence final grades. While it is permissible to miss the occasional class for emergencies (provided this is properly documented, and with due notification), regular attendance is both an expectation and an obligation. Attendance for presentations and exams is mandatory. Class Participation will represent 10% of your overall grade (you cannot participate if you are not present!) Students missing 1 time will still receive 10 points for attendance. Students missing two classes will receive 9 points, students missing 3 classes 6 points. Missing more than 3 classes unexcused will result in an F. Students are expected to participate in class. Excellent class participation can lead to 3 bonus points, which will be added to your exam results. Disruptive students interfere with the aims of the course and are a major obstacle to its success. As a result, such students will receive a warning; after the second warning they will be sent out of the classroom. This will be combined with a reduction of attendance/class participation points. I also reserve the right to expel students from the course. Presentation 15 percent of the course grade will be based on a final presentation. These presentations are designed to ground your personal experiences in an academic context. Students are free to choose any topic related to the course, though the instructor must first approve the topic. Presentations should be done by 2 students. More detailed information will be provided in the course. Group Work Different group works (such as group discussions) will be part of the course. 3

Assignments In addition, there will be also various assignments (such as homework). More detailed information will be provided during the course. Mid-term and Final Examination will be 50 minutes in length and will test students on the major concepts learned during the course. More detailed information will be provided in advance of the test. Policy on Cell Phones Cell phones should not be used during the class and be in silent mode or turned off. Policy on Academic Honesty Plagiarism and academic cheating are prohibited. • • • • • • • • • Cheating during quizzes and exams lead to 0 points! Give your lecture notes far away from yourself during the exam, otherwise this might be considered as cheating. Talking with your neighbor or looking to the exam of the neighbor is regarded as cheating. All graded assignments, quizzes and exams are to be completed individually All work (including the presentation/report) for the course has to be done by the individual student. Any assistance must be reported to the instructor. If you have used sources, such as journals, books, the internet, etc., these sources must be cited in your presentation/report!! Use of text or information from Internet sources without citation will not be accepted. Even when you cite Internet sources, simple copy-pasting will not be accepted. Your own ideas are always more valuable, even if you feel anxious about the quality of your ideas, your English, etc. Submission or presenting work from other courses is prohibited. Violations of these rules will result in 0 points. Disclaimer: The above schedule, policies, and assignments in this course are subject to change in the event of extenuating circumstances or by mutual agreement between the instructor and the students. 4

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