Virtual Worlds & Human Civilizations: Online Reality

New School for Social Research: Sociology

Liberal Arts

Graduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)

Virtual Worlds & Human Civiliz

Fall 2020

Taught By: Eiko Ikegami

Section: A

CRN: 9346

Credits: 3

The pandemic of the new coronavirus has quickly accelerated adaptations of online virtual methods of communication in everyday life and in education. What does this development mean for human civilizations? This seminar questions conventional understandings of "the virtual and real" through examinations of materials derived from philosophical, literary, and artistic classics as well as from digital-online perspectives. Human communication has always already used "virtual" dimensions: language itself lends itself to telling stories about what goes beyond the real here and now. The course helps students to rethink the most contemporary developments of virtual communications in historical-sociological and philosophical contexts. It also will present tangible experiences in communications in online and virtual realities. In addition to reading materials, each student is asked to engage in a virtual-online communication world of their own choice, and examine their own experiences. We will discuss how new technologies can be used to enhance human capabilities rather than flattening and polarizing them. Active participation is required.

College: New School for Social Research (GF)

Department: Sociology (GSOC)

Campus: Online (DL)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 14

Add/Drop Deadline: September 14, 2020 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 22, 2020 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 8:52am 2/27/2021 EST

Meeting Info::

Days: Thursday

Times: 12:00pm - 1:40pm

Building: Online Course

Date Range: 8/31/2020 - 12/19/2020