PS/SOC 2886 - Assignment Schedule Assignments 0, Ia, Ib, IIa, IIb, IIIa, IIIb, IVa, IVb are each 2-3 typewritten pages, one draft, graded by course instructor. Students will complete six of the above assignments, total pages unrevised writing = 12
Introduction: Living in a Digital World
Assignment 0: Rules of Engagement (all students) Purpose: students will think about the rules and structure of the everyday use of internet technology, and will envision other possible rules and structures
Assignment I.a.: Connecting Mizzou (Part 1) Purpose: students will participate in research about the internet by designing a questionnaire Assignment I.a.: Connecting Mizzou (Part 2) Sharing and discussion of findings
Assignment I.b.: Global Digital Divide Purpose: students will research internet access in different nations Unit I - Civility and Inequality in Dialogue
Assignment: II.a.: Comment Fieldwork Purpose: students will analyze the process of public discussion of issues on the internet and the consequences for civility.
Assignment II.b.: Gamergate and Digital Hate Purpose: students will analyze how gendered microaggression, political views, and personal identities shaped the development of the "Gamergate" controversy. Unit III: Government Surveillance, Privacy, and Edward Snowden
Assignment III.a.: Media Perspectives on Edward Snowden Purpose: students will compare and contrast portrayals and characterizations of Snowden and his actions in diverse media sources
Assignment III.b.: Global Perspectives on Encryption Purpose: students will apply the course readings to place in perspective a report of United Nations Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights and the responses by governments and civil society groups around the world Unit IV: Net Neutrality and the Fate of the Internet
Assignment IV.a.: Framing Net Neutrality Purpose: students will visually chart the arguments and evidence for a stand on net neutrality
Assignment IV.b.: Net Neutrality and Online Activism Purpose: students will compare the stands on net neutrality of two organizations
CONCLUSION: Political Potential in a Digital World First project draft on Monday, April 24th at Midnight Purpose: based on one of the assignments above, students will integrate their findings, other students' findings and discussion, course readings, and additional research. The projects will be posted on the MU Peace Studies webpage for public viewing. 7 pages draft Peer reviews complete by Monday, May 1st at Midnight 8 pages final version
For the final project, they choose one of the discussion boards to develop a longer essay about the topic in "Blog format." The overall point of writing competency in this course is to learn to communicate effectively in online format, particularly through the use of evidence-based argumentation. They have the opportunity to revise previously written material into a longer format.
For the peer review portion of the final project, they are placed into groups of 3-4 and organized on blackboard to offer feedback for a draft. The prompt gives a timeline. Their final draft is graded for both the quality of their feedback to fellow students and the extent to which they implement the feedback in their own writing. They are also expected to incorporate instructor feedback for their first draft as well.
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