Thinking and Doing

DIG 340 is an advanced course that counts for both Gender and Sexuality Studies (GSS) and Digital Studies (DIG). The reading and work load may be challenging at times. Many of the projects are unconventional as well.

Reading, Watching, and Playing

  • Louis Hall, Speak (2015)
  • Sam Maggs, The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy: A Handbook for Girl Geeks (2015)
  • Sara Wachter-Boettcher, Technically Wrong: Sexist Apps, Biased Algorithms, and Other Threats of Toxic Tech (2017)
  • Various journal articles, book chapters, and online material, available through the library and the class website.
  • Some movies and games, such as Gone Home (2013)

Projects

The graded work for DIG 340 includes five assignments, detailed below: (1) engagement; (2) an Internet guide; (3) a social media campaign; (4) a cultural artifact; and (5) an unessay. Each assignment is worth 20% of your final DIG 340 grade.

  1. This class places a high premium on engagement in and outside of class. It is essential that everyone has carefully considered the day’s material and comes to class prepared to discuss it. Bring the day’s readings to class, well-marked up with notes and annotations. More than two absences will lower your engagement grade by at least 10 percent. More than four absences will lower your engagement grade by 50 percent.
  2. A Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy includes a section that maps out different “kingdoms” of the Internet. You’ll create a similiar kind of Internet Guide that highlights some realm of the Internet and its intersection with gender, sexuality, race, class, or disability.
  3. Working in groups of 3-4 students, you will manage a social media campaign on either Facebook, Twitter, or Google’s ad platforms. The goal is to subvert social media advertising by placing justice, equality, and community-oriented materials in timelines and websites whose users would normally not encounter that material.
  4. Cultural artifacts are representations in culture that intersect with the theories, histories, and examples we cover in class. Television shows, movies, novels, fiction, songs, videos, videogames, and more all count as cultural artifacts. You’ll present on your artifact in class, offering an informed analysis of the artifact and its cultural significance. These presentations will take place in March.
  5. The unessay is a critical and creative project that attempts to transform, undo, subvert, or challenge some conventional aspect of gender and technology, using your cultural artifact as your starting point. As an “unessay,” this project also seeks to undermine the traditional essay form while still retaining intellectual rigor.

Grading

I will evaluate your work with a letter grade that has a percentage equivalent:

A = 95% /A- = 90%
B+ = 88% / B = 85% / B- = 80%
C+ = 78% / C = 75% / C- = 70%
D+ = 68% / D = 65% /F = below 60%