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Course Description

"“Civic media” implies all manner of what has been called participatory politics: spanning digital and non-digital technologies, it gestures at the myriad ways to connect, to discuss issues of importance (or not), to reconstruct culture itself. This course explores in-depth the terms “democracy,” “engagement,” and “citizenship” as well as the various theoretical understandings of media’s role in each. Efforts to shape culture and politics, from citizen journalism to hackers to smart cities and beyond, are explored. Students develop a critical eye to evaluate such initiatives as well as gain a foundation for designing their own."

Recommendations

This course is available for undergraduate credit. Students must be enrolled as a Junior or Senior at a College or University, possess a high school diploma and must be an adult age 18 or older to participate.
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