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

Fall 2019

Taught By: Claire Potter

Section: L

CRN: 5633


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. While students can complete the weekly online coursework at any time, 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 (X1 or X2) or an onsite section (A or B).
[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: 132

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment 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: 6:57am 5/25/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: TBD

Times: TBD

Building: Online Course

Room: TBD

Date Range: 8/26/2019 - 12/16/2019