CUL145 - The Digital World - Issues and Trends

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Subject Title
The Digital World - Issues and Trends

Subject Description
Whether consuming or creating information, communicating, or connecting to apps and services, we spend a considerable amount of our time online. In addition, the smartphones in our pockets track our every move.  This course explores  current issues and trends in as we engage with an ever-increasing number of online tools and platforms.  How safe is the internet? Should we be concerned about privacy and surveillance? Who is welcome online?  What information sources should we trust? Who controls the digital world and what we do in it?  The importance of developing a critical approach to life online is emphasized throughout the course. 

Credit Status
This is a required course for the General Arts Certificate Program.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

At the end of this course the students will be able to:

  • Discuss guidelines for the ethical and responsible use of technology tools and online spaces
  • Explore the benefits and challenges of using social media and online platforms and the consequences of that use on privacy and digital identity
  • Explain strategies to communicate and engage in online spaces to make connections that enable personal and professional networks
  • Recognize ways to determine the currency, accuracy and bias of online sources and the challenges and responsibilities of sharing information
  • Discuss challenges and issues specific to the digital world and the ways in which they impact individuals and populations

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Academic Integrity
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Please visit the Academic Integrity website to understand and learn more about how to prepare and submit work so that it supports academic integrity, and to avoid academic misconduct.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.