Students will read and co-present articles (in groups) on a weekly basis around topics of interest, with another pair of participants asking questions. Moving from a place of curiosity and reflection, participants will learn to understand and interrogate the implications of emerging technologies and practices in society through the lens of critical theory, ethics, values and civic activism. Through thought-provoking discussions we will re-frame dilemmas and narratives to propose alternative solutions, design/technology interventions, and ethical policies in society.
Participants are expected to co-present one article from a collectively curated reading list, and prepare probing questions to spur discussions of another article.
Based on the sessions, presenting students should also share reflections about the topic and questions emerging on the course blog.
Participants must participate actively in all sessions (80% attendance is required).
For 2 extra credits, participants should prepare an essay or paper related to one or more topics discussed in the seminar individually or co-authored in pairs (by April 15), and peer-review two papers by other participants (by April 20).
None. Course content will be tailored to students with different backgrounds and levels of experience. We welcome students from different disciplines including science/engineering, business, arts/design, architecture, humanities and social sciences.Expected Workload
Estimated workload for 3 credits:
- In-class/online seminars 1h 45min/week x 10 weeks = 17.5 h
- Independent reading 5 h/week x 10 weeks = 50 h
- Preparing co-presentation = 5 h
- Preparing interrogative QA = 2 h
- Reflection and thinking (with comments on blog) = 7 h
Total: 81.5 h (3 credits)*
Optional requirements for 2 extra credits:
- Writing Essay: 35 h
- Peer-reviews: 10 h
- Self-Evaluation: 9 h
Total: 54 (2 credits)*
* Note: 27 h = 1 credit