HONORS 499D: Digital Communication & Society
Instructor: Jarice Hanson, Professor Emeritus of Communication.
Mtg. Pattern: WED 1:25 p.m.-3:50 p.m.
Students will meet in seminar format with the professor on Wednesdays 1:25 p.m.-3:50 p.m. An additional time block is reserved on Fridays 1:25 p.m.3:50 p.m. for students to 1) interact with the professor and each other online, 2) meet individually with the professor, or 3) meet in small groups.
This is a 6-credit, one-semester honors thesis seminar. No pre-requisites, open to all senior and junior Commonwealth Honors College students. Open to registration on SPIRE. Students from all majors are encouraged to enroll.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: The Internet and social media have reshaped our understanding of basic information literacy and access to information, but how have these changes influenced our human behavior and the value we place on information in a country dedicated to supporting First Amendment principles? This course will examine the Internet from conception to Web 2.0, and the digital platforms that have developed to facilitate immediate interaction over the "spine" of the Internet. Students in this course will examine several aspects of contemporary digital communication as they develop their own Honors Thesis that incorporates the following questions with regard to their own academic majors and scholarly programs:
- What is information literacy?
- How does the experience of the individual shape their informational needs and behavior?
- How does life experience influence your social behavior?
- What responsibility does a person have to helping others develop information literacy?
- Are social media, really "social"?
- How have different segments of society developed communicational forms for their own constituencies?
The course has been developed to help students identify an independent project related to their own majors while integrating their own experiences as a student. The primary project for the course is an Honors Thesis in written form; but the thesis and the student's digital portfolio will be developed to help the graduating student develop a digital profile that will help them become competitive in their own field.