AMCULT 358 - Topics in Digital Studies
Fall 2020, Section 003 - Hashtag Activism: Politics, Protests, and the Digital
Instruction Mode: Section 003 is   Hybrid (see other Sections below)
Subject: American Culture (AMCULT)
Department: LSA American Culture
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Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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From organizing protests during the Arab Spring to hashtags amplifying movements like #metoo and #blacklivesmatter to fake news and deep fakes, the digital has become an inextricable part of political activism. In this course, we’ll seek to understand the role of the digital in democratic discourse and political debate by considering how it has been harnessed to create community, shift public opinion, and increase divisiveness. We’ll also step back and ask what it means to take the digital - and the communities that make use of it - as objects of study.

This class is ideal for anyone interested in thinking critically about the role of the digital in political activism.

Course Requirements:

There will be no tests in this class. Assessment will be based on written work, projects, and participation (which, for the sake of equity, can take multiple forms).

Class Format:

This course will have an in-person section (003) and a section for students who can only attend remotely (004). Regardless of your section, course instruction is synchronous. Enrolled students are expected to be available during all scheduled class times.


AMCULT 358 - Topics in Digital Studies
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003 (LEC)
004 (LEC)
005 (LEC)

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