Work, Love, Learn, Play: Our Lives on the Internet

University Liberal Arts: University Lecture Program

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Our Lives on the Internet

Spring 2020

Taught By: Claire Potter

Section: L

CRN: 7217

Credits: 0

This course documents the impact of technology and new media on human society. We will explore networked lives through films, fiction, creative non-fiction and other critical readings that examine the recent history of technology, digital culture, and post-human relationships. Weekly topics address how technology creates new futures, identities, relationships, forms of work and ways of understanding the world around us, while at the same time responding to human aspirations, pleasures, ethical dilemmas and needs that long predate the Internet. Beginning in the 1960s, when computerization, space exploration and robotics first allowed popular audiences to imagine computerized creativity and machine-based alternatives to human cognition, the course addresses the following questions: why does it matter to imagine a future that is different from the present? Does technology change what it means to be human? What is the meaning of free choice when our communications, desires and thoughts are all potentially being mediated through, and monitored by, technology? Is it possible to share our intellectual and emotional lives with machines? How might we understand a "humanities practice" in a post-human world?

"Work, Love, Learn, Play: Our Lives on the Internet" is part of the University’s online initiative. The course is designed and directed by Dr. Potter, and discussion sections are led by teaching assistants. Each week, students will engage via Canvas in readings, lectures, and activities in preparation for joining their peers in the discussion sections. Note: the days and times of this section of the course are listed as 'TBA' because students can complete the weekly online coursework at any time. However, the discussion sections meet at a scheduled time, either on campus in a classroom, or online via video conference. Students may register for either an online section or an onsite section.
[This ULEC is in category 3, Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Arts and Humanities.]

College: University Liberal Arts (UL)

Department: University Lecture Program (ULIB)

Campus: Online (DL)

Course Format: Lecture (L)

Max Enrollment: 112

Add/Drop Deadline: February 3, 2020 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: May 13, 2020 (Wednesday)

Seats Available: No

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: 11:02am 5/29/2020 EDT

Meeting Info:

Building: Online Course

Date Range: 1/21/2020 - 5/11/2020