Honors Cyberspace and Society

Course number: 
CIS 0935
Fall 2016
Name E-mail Office location
Claudia Pine-Simon claudia.pine-simon@temple.edu
Science Education and Research Center (SERC) , Room 329


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Topics covered: 
Cyberspace and Society is a Science and Technology Gen/Ed course and as such is geared to develop an understanding of science and technology, how science and technology are integrated and how critical science and technology are to policy decisions.  This course's specific aims are to teach basic science and technology principles and engage you in critical thinking exercises that take you beyond the laboratory and textbook to informed citizenry and decision making.

The course promotes information fluency by giving students an understanding of the foundational concepts on which the technology is derived and helping them to develop higher-level intellectual capabilities for applying the technology. The class is broken into three equal sections – technology foundations, technology in society and labs.  It is the combination of these three sections that will enable students to understand the foundation and the implementation of technology in their daily lives.  Class lectures, readings, labs and student discussions will be utilized to integrate the application of technology with social and ethical issues facing society. 

As examples, discussions might include: What is the impact of the Internet on intellectual property? How far can government surveillance go to detect criminal behavior without reducing our civil liberties? How can vulnerable groups be protected from predators, scam artists, and identity theft?  Is it ethical to download free music and video from the Internet?
Course goals: 
Within the context of science and technology, the objectives of Cyberspace and Society are:
1. Develop students’ analytical and communication skills
 Assignments that require research, synthesis, and evaluation of issues related to the impact of technology in 
 2. Expand students’ knowledge in the subject area
Class lectures, videos, discussions, demonstrations and labs will be used to expand students’ knowledge base of the subject matter
 3. Develop students’ ability to make informed judgments in the subject area
 Students will learn to synthesize the available literature and develop their own educated views on many and 
 varied aspects of technology through written and oral assignments, classroom discussions and lab
 4. Promote intellectual curiosity and life-long learning
 Give students the background and the tools to enthusiastically support and encourage their curiosity and 
 desire to learn more.  The most obvious interactions in our students lives involves the Internet and the World 
 Wide Web, and we will use this as an ongoing backdrop to understand the components of technology and to 
 develop an intellectual interest and sophistication in understanding  analyzing it and appreciating how this  
 technology may change.
 5. Develop skills in identifying, accessing, and evaluating sources of information
 Projects will help students develop the skills needed to approach and conduct research and make informed 
 judgments based on that research.  Students will be taught techniques for evaluating content and validity of   
 information from various sources.
 6. Develop ethics, citizenship, and awareness of current issues
 Each segment of the course will cover the societal and ethical implications of the technology 
 7. Promote collaborative learning and teamwork skills
 Group projects including but not limited to: debates and team research activities.
  8. Develop an understanding of and appreciation for Temple’s urban setting and  its regional and global connections.
  9. Develop students’ ability to analyze and interpret data
  Research, analysis and debate on issues involving technology and its application throughout society.   
  Students will learn to analyze the ethical issues surrounding the technologies.
  10. Develop students’ ability to identify and solve problems
   Students will identify a societal or ethical problem resulting from the use of technology. They will analyze
   the problem and formulate potential solutions with facts to back up solutions.  The question may also be
   offered in reverse:  Identify a societal or ethical issue or problem and discuss how technology.
  11. Develop the "Philadelphia Experience"
    Students will explore the Philadelphia community through a group video project in which they will learn to
    us multimedia software.
Attendance policy: 
Attendance to all meetings of the class is mandatory.  Attending classes is critical for you to be successful in this course.  This is a discussion-oriented course.  Part of the “class participation” portion of your grade is at my discretion and includes your attendance.  Class participation is integral for this class to be effective.
Accomodations for Students with Disabilities: 
Any student who has a need for accommodation based on the impact of a documented disability, including special accommodations for access to technology resources and electronic instructional materials required for the course, should contact me privately to discuss the specific situation by the end of the second week of classes or as soon as practical. If you have not done so already, please contact Disability Resources and Services (DRS) at 215-204-1280 in 100 Ritter Annex to learn more about the resources available to you. I will work with DRS to coordinate reasonable accommodations for all students with documented disabilities. (http://www.temple.edu/studentaffairs/disability/accommodations/).
Student and Faculty Academic Rights and Responsibilities: 
Freedom to teach and freedom to learn are inseparable facets of academic freedom. The University has a policy on Student and Faculty and Academic Rights and Responsibilities (Policy #03.70.02) which can be accessed through the following http://policies.temple.edu/PDF/99.pdf.