Critical Code

University Liberal Arts: University Lecture Program

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Critical Code

Fall 2021

Taught By: Katherine Moriwaki and Xin Xin

Section: L

CRN: 11276

Credits: 0

This course provides an introduction to computation through a series of critical inquiries and practice-based investigations into the social, cultural, and technical structures of code. Based on a series of thematics that unpack issues of race, gender, and ability, the course utilizes an intersectional feminist lens to dismantle design biases embedded in pervasive technology while pointing towards examples of expressive, critical, and community-centric ways of working with technology. Through analyzing the dynamics of patriarchy and white supremacy in shaping dominant forms of computation, the lectures will complicate and interrogate established narratives around the production of technological artifacts, what they are used for, and who benefits from them. In addition to engaging in weekly lectures and critical texts, students will actively participate in the process of reading, writing, and analyzing code. Students will also gain an understanding of computational systems and coding fundamentals through project based exercises and assignments. Prior knowledge of programming is not required.

Students must register for both the lecture and discussion section of this course.
[This ULEC is in category 1, Tools for Social Change.]
Note: Students must register for both the lecture and discussion section of this course. The lecture meeting of this course will be delivered online at the time listed in this catalog entry. All discussion sections are scheduled to be delivered in-person and on campus.

College: University Liberal Arts (UL)

Department: University Lecture Program (ULIB)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Lecture (L)

Max Enrollment: 80

Add/Drop Deadline: September 13, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 21, 2021 (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: 6:06am 10/22/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday

Times: 12:20pm - 1:35pm

Building: Online Course

Room: 999

Date Range: 8/30/2021 - 12/13/2021