Digital Culture And Composition

Institution(s): UMass Boston

Discipline(s): English

Faculty Member(s): Matthew Davis

Keyword(s): Digital Media, Undergraduate, Media Literacy

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This course centers on the changing relationships among digital texts and different domains of life–including personal, work, education, and public spheres. First, course readings and discussions focus on historical and theoretical aspects of digital culture: how do digital texts change the way we read, analyze, interpret, and compose? To address this question, students will study previous and current perspectives on the connections between literacy and technology. Second, coursework will require students to explore and develop their ability to analyze and compose digital texts; at the same time, students will practice thinking and writing critically about those texts. In all aspects of the course, students will explore how textuality is related to changes in media, and what those changes mean for personal, professional, and community life.