Section 3: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 9:00-9:50 AM

Section 4: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 1:00-1:50 PM

Professor: Laura Romano
This course asks students to challenge the traditional understanding of literacy and the ability to read and write by asking them to engage with not only the idea of literacy as a situated act of knowing and doing inextricably linked to technology(ies) but also the idea of literacies- plural. More specifically, students will explore what literacy means and looks like in the context of the digital. Phrased as a question: what sort of literacy practices do we enact in the digital realm and how, if at all, are they similar to, or different from, and filtered through ones we enact in analog culture?
Throughout the course, students will grapple with the social, political, economic and ethical consequences of these (often emerging) digital literacy practices. In particular, they’ll take up the following questions: how is literacy both descriptive and evaluative, how are literacies stated hierarchically, how does access impact and affect digital acquisition and instruction, how does our culture digitally make sense of and comment on culture writ large, how does the digital allow groups to form and act in ways they couldn’t previously, and what happens when the grassroots culture fostered through digital literacy practices intersects with corporate culture?
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