GIVEN THE NATURE OF THIS COURSE (AND TO ENSURE THAT EVERY STUDENT HAS THE ABILITY TO TAKE THE CLASS WHO WANTS TO, THIS COURSE REQUIRES MASKS BE WORN AT ALL TIMES IN THE CLASSROOM
This course explores how identity impacts and is impacted by computing. The course first explores identity, forms of oppression, social justice movements, and policies related to people from various identities. Identity is then explored in the context of computing/tech environments and the technologies developed, including their impact on people and policies developed.
No prior experience in computing or social science is required. This courses does not require or teach programming or CS constructs. It is designed to provide an introduction to how and why technologies impact people in different ways. The only requirement is a willingness to learn.
The course leverages news articles, podcast episodes, Ted Talks, interviews, documentaries, and books. All course material is available to students via the Duke Library or various websites at no charge. Students may choose to purchase any books at their discretion.
Social Science (SS)
Cross-Cultural Inquiry (CCI); Science, Technology, and Society (STS); and Writing Modes of Inquiry(W)
Based on responses to the first position paper, below is a Spotify playlist of all songs submitted by the class.