There are no prerequisites for this course. I assume no previous familiarity with film, computers, cultural studies, or science and technology studies. I also welcome students from a broad range of backgrounds, with a variety of educational and professional investments. At any point during the course, please feel free to ask about, or make recommendations for, how the course may be best configured with your educational and professional trajectories.
That said, to do well in the course, you should be able to blend in-class conversations with persuasive writing. You should also be open to cultural approaches to science and technology. In other words, the course material (not to mention my teaching style) generally resists the notion that technical questions and practices are distinct from intellectual ones.
This course will:
- Not rely heavily on lecture,
- Require you to multitask, watching film as you discuss it in a public forum,
- Include frequent, decentralized discussions, and
- Ask you to write often (once per week).