of the Information Society is an interdisciplinary
course that explores the way information permeates our lives and
shapes our visions of who we are and the lives we will live, as
well as creating the set of opportunities and constraints with which
we will live. The course addresses four major issues:
- how the meanings
and roles of public and private places are modified by the use
of communication technologies;
- which cities
have emerged as growth nodes for the Information Society and why
they have assumed this role;
- how information
technology affects concepts of the state and nation;
- and how globalizing
flows of capital and information are incorporated into the activity
spaces where people work, learn, socialize and play.
The course progresses through these four basic
topics spending roughly 1/4 of the semester on each. Each section
involves one or more projects. Projects
are "handed in" by posting them online with a link to the student's
and computer accounts:
Most readings for the course will be placed on
electronic reserve with the Perry Castaneda Library. Access
to your readings. The password will be given out in class.
In addition, you will need to use Webspace
at UT to post webpages with your completed projects. This will provide
you with 75 megabytes of disk space. Questions about Webspace can
best be solved through the helpdesk.
It is a good idea to upload your projects at least 12 hours before
they are due so as to discover any problems and give yourself time
to deal with them.
Finally, you need access to a computer.
If you don't have one where you live, there are many that are available
for your use. Check the list of Campus
The course requires the development of technical
skills in old and new media. You will gain hands-on experience with
Web authoring and graphic techniques, as well as writing and speaking
in front of the class.
You will have
to find or purchase web authoring software (like Frontpage, Netscape
Composer, or Dreamweaver) as well as image modification software
(like Photoshop) and learn how to use these programs. Minimal assistance
is given with this technical side of the course, though no previous
web authoring or graphic experience is assumed.
Class Web Page
Places (Proj. 1)
& Below (Proj. 2)
Economy (Proj. 3)
If you have any questions, please call Paul Adams
at 232-1599 or the TLC office at 232-7345.
- Attendance: It will be impossible
to do well in this class without physically attending class and
participating in the in-class discussions. You will also receive
participation credit for "attending" scheduled online chats in
the chat room provided by the library along with the reserve materials.
- Reading Assignments: Each reading
assignment should be completed before the class period in which
it is discussed.
- Class Participation: Your participation
grade is based on your contributions to discussions both in class
and online discussions (the latter hosted by the library's e-reserves
- Late Assignments: Projects are
due at the time specified. The grade will be reduced by 10% each
weekday the project is late. Technical difficulties putting
pages online are not an acceptable excuse.
- Computation of Grades: Grades will
be computed on the following scale: A=90% and up, B=80%-89%, C=70%-79%,
D=60%-69%. All fractional scores will be rounded to the
- Honesty: All work submitted must
be your own. You may discuss assignments together, but all that
you write should be yours. If you wish to incorporate someone
else's ideas, you must acknowledge your source whether or not
you quote the material directly. If you have questions about the
use of source materials, see me before turning in the assignment.
Plagiarism is a serious offense in college. See the Student
Judicial Services statement on Academic Integrity. Serious
cases of plagiarism will result in failing the course and possibly
in expulsion from the University. Do not use editing services
other than those provided by the Undergraduate Writing Center
or the Learning Skills Center.
- Please Be Aware of the Public Nature
of This Course: Other people will be reading what you write
for this course; as it is posted on the Internet it is public
communication. We will be sharing work in progress and finished
work both in class and online.
course syllabus and Web page design reflect the efforts of U.T.
Faigley and Samuel
Wilson, as well as Dr. Adams.