This inter-departmental course focuses on the impact of technological change and globalization on cultures around the world from various interdisciplinary perspectives. Lectures and discussion sessions will address and evaluate the role of social, entrepreneurial, non-profit and for-profit organizations and their use of transformational technologies in a global setting as well as introduce students to the fundamental problems and concepts of today's global society. Emphasis is placed upon cultural diversity, life in an interconnected and precarious world, and the analysis of new media environments. One focus will be the examination of globalization as an economic and geographical process, generating huge social consequences, with rapid growth, population movements, political change and a vast gap between global wealth and poverty. At the same time, globalization presents new opportunities for groups and individuals (mostly in developing countries) who have never before found a viable place in the world economy. Furthermore, students who pursue the certificate of digital global studies will identify and discuss their experiential learning program for the "hands-on" experience (internships; study abroad; service learning). This is a required component of the certificate but not a requirement for this course. Goals of the course include providing students with: a focused study of various global issues; a critical eye towards the value of new media identifying global problems and mapping their connectedness or interdependence with another an analysis of global trends in communication and the intended and unintended uses of new technologies to create and control "culture."
Objectives of the course include: Students will gain new knowledge about the interaction between industrialized nations and the developing world as well as current affairs; Students will draw on their own resourcefulness and entrepreneurship to evaluate NGOs and execute experiments in use of new media; Students will gain critical thinking in analyzing and evaluating issues of globalization and digital technology; Students will develop knowledge of global and digital literacy.
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