LIBST 350: Technology & Social Responsibility (3 units)

Note: This course is usually taught online.

Course Description

This course is an examination of the impact of various types of technology on a user’s view of and behaviors regarding social responsibility. The use of video games, social media, blogs, and wearable technologies will be examined with regard to issues of gender, race, class, and sexuality, public health, political dissidence, and capitalism.


Course Notes (From WINS)

This class will be taught online using Canvas, and students will gain access to the Canvas classroom at the beginning of the term. As part of the course’s discussion requirements, students will need to record and post videos of themselves. Tuesdays and Thursdays will be considered in-class/discussion days. Since this is an online course, students will be required to pay an additional fee of $150.


General Education Information

This course qualifies as a General Education- General Humanities (GH) elective course. Courses in this area examine the diversity of human experience and expression from historical, philosophical, religious, literary, and/or linguistic perspectives. These courses usually focus on the traditions, beliefs, texts, and artifacts that make up a culture, and place emphasis on critical analysis and interpretation of primary sources. Students will enhance their critical and creative thinking and communication skills, and grapple with complexity and diverse perspectives.

The General Education Learning Outcomes (GELOs) in bold below are covered by this course:

  1. Knowledge of Human Cultures and the Natural World - Covered in this course with readings and films. Successful acquisition assessed via quizzes.

  2. Critical and Creative Thinking - Covered in this course through discussions. Successful acquisition assessed via final essay.

  3. Communication Skills - Covered in this course through discussions. Successful acquisition assessed via discussions and final essay presentation.

  4. Information Literacy - Covered in this course through use of technology and discussions. Successful acquisition assessed via discussions.

  5. Quantitative Reasoning

  6. Personal and Civic Responsibility - Covered in this course through discussions. Successful acquisition assessed via discussions and final essay.

  7. Foundations for Life-Long Learning - Covered in this course through readings, films, and discussions. Successful acquisition assessed via discussions and final essay.

-adopted by UWW in Spring 2016


Liberal Studies Program Student Learning Outcomes (LIBST SLOs)

By the end of their Liberal Studies program, students will be able to:

  • SLO 1: Think critically, integrate and synthesize knowledge from diverse perspectives and evaluate complex information

  • SLO2: Make informed ethical and value judgments

  • SLO3: Understand and explain the value of a liberal education

  • SLO4: Apply the concepts and methodologies of the liberal arts to understand issues in society and in one’s own life

  • SLO5: Communicate effectively in written form

  • SLO6: Effectively utilize intellectual and practical skills-- including analytical skills, research methods, and/or computer skills

  • SLO 7: Effectively utilize expression skills-- including communicating creatively, orally, or in a language other than English

  • SLO8: Demonstrate a base of knowledge from various disciplines-- including arts & humanities, social sciences, and physical sciences

  • SLO9: Demonstrate a base of knowledge about cultures within North America & Europe

  • SLO10: Demonstrate a base of knowledge about cultures outside North America & Europe

-adopted by Philosophy & Religious Studies Department in Fall 2015


Course Specific Student Learning Outcomes (Course SLOs)

By the end of the course, students will:

  • be able to analyze the ways that groups of people have used technology in situations of public health crises or political unrest

  • be able to critically reflect on the ways that technology use can contribute to exploitation, disenfranchisement, and marginalization

  • be able to research and draw conclusions about the how technologies might be used to benefit issues facing certain societies

  • be able to reflection on and write about the social implications of their own technology use

-adopted by instructor in Spring 2016


Course Routine

In this course, we use a “flipped” classroom approach. This means that video lectures are available through Canvas to be viewed before class, and “in-class” time will spent on discussion. As such, you might plan your work according to one of these schedules:

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Required Texts

  1. All course readings will be available on Canvas.

  2. The 2 required films are available on Netflix. If access to Netflix is a challenge, the student should contact the instructor.


Important Information


Course Assignments

Course grades are calculated based off a total of 1170 possible points, and grades are not weighted beyond their point values.


Course Schedule

To view the course schedule, you will need to sign out of Google with any personal accounts you may have & sign back in to Google with your UWW username and password.


Updated 8/29/2019