- Instructor: Dr. W. Brett
- Office: GSB Room 210
- Office phone number: 401-254-3534
- Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Office Hours:
- Mon: 1:00 - 2:00 PM;
- Mon: 5:30 - 6:30 PM;
- Thu: 10:00AM - 11:00AM or by appointment
- Course Hours and
- Thurs, 11 AM - 1:50 PM, CAS 126
The Internet has been leading to profound changes in many areas
of society. In this seminar, students from different disciplines
come together to discuss some of these changes. They include
changes in arts, science, education, culture, privacy, crime,
national security, the economy, and politics.
By the end of the course, students should:
• have a better
understanding of the Internet and its history;
• have better knowledge
about changes in selected areas of the society related to the
• be more capable of
analyzing issues in the above and other areas, within or outside
the area of their majors;
• be able to better answer
the questions of Who I am?
What I can know? What I should do
increasingly interlinked, technology based society.
(RWU Core Committee Spring 2013)
Texts and Other Materials
- Analyze, synthesize, and evaluate significant ideas
from across the arts and sciences
- Create an artifact that communicates and defends the
student’s original ideas based on synthesis of the course
topic and his/her interdisciplinary Core Education.
- The course website is at: wbrett.com/core The
course key has been sent via email to all students
registered for the course.
- Course materials include academic papers, articles from
popular press, audio tracks, and videos. The materials are
free and available online.
- For Spring14 the course will require participation in
Wonderland an immersive world.
- Required Text:
(2013) The Circle
New York, NY:Knopf
(electronic edition available: amazon, Barnes &
Noble, google Ebooks, iTunes; audio edition also
available, CD or Audible - any format acceptable)
There are four categories of requirements for the class, based
on University Core Curriculum Committee Guidelines:
- Reading & Weekly summaries and quizzes
- Read/watch weekly assigned materials/video;
- Write a weekly summary of about 100 words of the
reading. The summary should include about three
observations and three questions and be submitted Sunday
midnight before class.
- Finish weekly online quizzes about the class materials
- leading a class for discussion
- prepare a presentation on a chosen topic based on the
assigned materials, with 1 or 2 partners;
- a) submit the first version of prepared presentation
before the scheduled presentation to the instructor by
wetransfer (https://wetransfer.com/) for comments;
b) research and find a text on your selected topic for
your classmates to read/listen/watch.
- meet and discuss with the instructor before the
- submit final version of the presentation to the
instructor before class;
- deliver the presentation(s), and lead class
- research project
- conduct scholarly research, preferably on the topic of
your class presentation, with a team of two or three
- write and submit a research paper or other acceptable
media of expression
- present the project to class;
- attend classes
- actively participate discussions
- complete online blog and forum assignments.
Students are required to attend to all classes. Considering
possibility of emergency, the class allows each student one
absence without penalty to his/her grade, if evidence of
exceptional situation in forms of, e.g., notes from doctor or
parents, is provided to the instructor.
All students are required to have internet access and use the
internet to post their materials. Students are also expect to
read their RWU email accounts. This is the prime means of
communicating with students.
When you send the instructor email (email@example.com), please
put “CORE456: " + topic on the subject line. I will try to
respond within 48 hours.
Cell phones with text (SMS) service may be required for in-class
The academic integrity policy of university will be strictly
|Reading and Quizzes
|Summaries with 3
observations and 3 questions
|Presentation of class
materials and leading class discussion
|20 (10 preparation; 10
Students who wish to receive academic accommodations for this
course must first register with Student Accessibility Services
(SAS) in order to begin the accommodation process. The SAS
office will provide registered students with the specific
information they will need to share with each instructor. SAS is
located on the second floor of the Main University Library and
is open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. Please
note Student Accessibility Services was previously known as
Disability Support Services and is referenced on page 19 of the
2013-2014 RWU Catalog.
|Class Introduction -
Brink of the Revolution
|What is the Internet?
What is its history?
|Internet and the Economy
|Internet and Music
|| Internet and Art &
|Internet and Science
|Internet and Education
| Project Review
|Internet and Life &
|Internet and Crime &
| Internet and National
|Internet and Gaming
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Course materials are covered by the appropriate copyright.
Locally prepared course materials are the property of the
faculty, which includes hand-outs, website content, and
other presentation materials or assignments. Use beyond the
classroom requires permission.
Course Recordings Audio and video recordings of
the course are permitted with the instructor's consent.
These materials are to assist you in completing your
coursework and are not authorized for redistribution.
Student Course Materials
Completed assignments, especially projects, may
be used to build instructional portfolios and serve as
instructional examples for future classes. If you do not
want your projects included, please speak to me.