Technology... is a queer thing. It brings you great gifts with one hand, and it stabs you in the back with the other.
(C.P. Snow)

Overview

The objective of this course is to help students understand the breadth and depth of technology's impact on our lives. We will look at both the positive and negative impacts of technology and the ethical framework by which we can make informed decisions about its uses.

The course is structured in 3 steps:

Class Meeting

General Education Requirements

Prerequisites

The course assumes that students understand how computers work and have a working ability to create electronic artifacts.

Grading

All assignments are due at the beginning of class. Graded assignments are to be turned in electronically, using Sakai. You have 1 late "day" that you may use on any assignment. A late day is defined as the next class. After that, the assignment has a max value of 75%, 50%, 25% and then will not be accepted. If you have used your free late day, the 75% penalty is applied to the first late day. Grade values are as follow:

Assignment Points
Letter to the editor 5
Cyberstalking 5
Virtual worlds 5
Technology in the arts 5
Essay: evaluating technology 8
Essay: using technology 12
Term paper 20
Term project 20
Creative Arts 20

Resubmissions: It is my habit to allow resubmissions on some assignments. Once an assignment has been returned, you have one week to resubmit the assignment for a new grade. The new grade is a replacement grade, not an average or weighted average. For this course, I will permit resubmissions on the first four assignments. Because this had not been clear, I will accept resubmissions of the first assignment through MARCH 14. Resubmissions can NOT be used as a circumvention of late penalties. Any initially assigned late penalties will be re-applied to the new grade.

Instructors

Professor:
  • Diane Pozefsky
  • Office: Sitterson FB146
  • Office hours: Open Door
  • email: pozefsky@cs.unc.edu
  • Office phone: 962-1817
TA:
  • Caitlyn Losee
  • Office: Sitterson 045
  • email: closee@email.unc.edu
  • Office phone: 962-1776
GRC:
  • Bethany Lam
  • email: bethanylam@gmail.com

In this research-exposure course, you will be working with a Graduate Research Consultant, Bethany Lam, who will assist you in the research project. [The GRC Program is sponsored by the Office for Undergraduate Research (www.unc.edu/depts/our), and you may be able to use this research-exposure course to meet a requirement of the Carolina Research Scholars Program.] I encourage you to visit the OUR website to learn about how you might engage in research, scholarship and creative performance while you are at Carolina.