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ENG 380: Course Syllabus

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Course Information   

Term: Fall 2009   

Credits: 3   

Meeting Time: TR 11:00-12:20   

Classroom:  213 NORTON   

Office Hrs: TR 12:30-2:00


Course Catalog Description

Study of post-cinematic media and the questions these media raise regarding memory and media storage; the relations of language and literature to technology; documentation and referentiality.


Required Readings

Halavais, A. (2008). Search Engine Society. Polity.

Lessig, L. (2008). Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy. Penguin Press

Miller, P. (2004). Rhythm Science. The MIT Press.

Wardrip-Fruin, N., & Montfort, N. (2003). The New Media Reader. The MIT Press.



Wiki Project    25%

White Paper/Manifesto    40%

Slideware-Remix    20%

Class Participation    15%


Assignment Descriptions


Wiki Project

You will receive an invitation to join our course wiki. You will work in groups to create wiki pages about course readings, class discussion, and other subjects relevant to the course. You should expect to spend 1-2 hours a week writing, editing, and adding media to your groups wiki pages. You will receive a group grade at the end of the project. The project will run for most of the semester.



White Paper/Manifesto

You will write either a “white paper” or a manifesto on a social issue related to new media. As you may know, a manifesto is a declaration of artistic and/or political principals. It is often strongly-worded and radical in its perspective. A white paper is a position or policy paper that might be written and published by a government office, a corporation, or a non-profit agency. So, in a sense, these documents are similar but serve different authors and audiences. Depending on your own temperament and purposes, you will choose to write one of these. Your text will be a minimum of 2000 words.



For this project you will compose an original media piece combining existing image, text, audio, and/or video. You will take up some of the principles and practices of remixing described by various authors we will read this semester. The topic of your remix will be of our own choosing in consultation with me. More details will follow.


Class Participation

This course is small enough to permit regular class discussion. I expect that you come to class having read the assigned material and prepared to engage in classwide conversation, group projects, or whatever else we may do that day.


Course Policies


Working in Public Online Spaces

Several of the spaces in which you will work will be public spaces. That means that what you contribute in such spaces will be viewable by anyone with an Internet connection. In addition, these contributions will be searchable by Google and other search engines. We will discuss the reasons for this during the course. However, you have the option of employing a pseudonym (i.e., a false name) as long as I know who you are and you remain consistent with your choice.


Student Disability Services

Government regulations require that university policies, practices, and procedures not discriminate on the basis of disability. Disability Services coordinates reasonable modifications so that individuals with disabilities can access and benefit from all programs, services, and activities of the university. Please visit the Disability Services website for further information: http://www.ub-disability.buffalo.edu/.


Academic Dishonesty

Please familiarize yourself with the University’s Academic Integrity policy, which can be found at http://undergrad-catalog.buffalo.edu/policies/course/integrity.shtml. In a writing course, we are particularly concerned with plagiarism, which the catalog describes as “Copying or receiving material from any source and submitting that material as one’s own, without acknowledging and citing the particular debts to the source (quotations, paraphrases, basic ideas), or in any other manner representing the work of another as one’s own.”


Late Assignment Policy

On occasion, students are unable to meet assigned due dates. If you believe you will be unable to meet a due date, you must email me prior to the day an assignment is due. In your email you should explain your situation and identify when you will complete the assignment. Typically I will grant students a week extension on one assignment during the semester.

Assignments turned in late without prior arrangment will be reduced one full letter grade. Assignments later than one week may not be accepted.


Attendance Policy

As University policy states, “Since the university desires to promote student responsibility, there is no general rule concerning student class attendance; however, every class instructor shall provide to students a course syllabus during the first week of class that specifies attendance policies and dates and times for classes, exams and all other required activities.”

There is no explicit attendance policy for this course. However, class participation is 15% of your final grade. Obviously you cannot participate when you are absent.

If you know you will be absent on a particular day, please let me know via email as soon as possible.



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