This course is designed as an introduction to learning how to write and think effectively in the Internet Age. Many of us live in cultural environments that have become largely digital: computers, smart phones, tablets, smart TVs, etc. In consequence, we find ourselves constantly mulit-tasking (or trying to) and existing in a state of continous partial attention. We have a hard time engaging with any one thing because we are bombaring with so much content all the time. This course acknowledges that and encourages students to examine how these forces are affecting us and future generations. It is hard to deny the alluring power of digital technology, but do we want it to completely rule us? Join the class to become part of this conversation.
The ideal student for this course is anyone from age 18 and up who wants to improve their writing and critical thinking skills but who gets bored by the ordinary content in English courses. We will be reading articles, provided as PDFs, that address issues that are relevant to our everyday lives today. We will also watch episodes from a TV series called Black Mirror, which students can find on Netflix and other free streaming sources. In response to these, students will write a 3 page argumentative essay. Six prompts will be given. All the students need is internet access and a desire to grow practically and intellectually.
2 Articles (PDFs)
Language of instruction: English