INC301 - The Tangled Web: Enabling Connections and Facilitating Discord

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Subject Title
The Tangled Web: Enabling Connections and Facilitating Discord

Subject Description
From the Internet of people to the internet of things ? the world wide web is a tangled system of connections and disconnections.  It provides endless opportunities for learning and sharing information, enables ways to communicate and connect and empowers individuals and communities to work together for individual, mutual and social good.   It is also used to intentionally manipulate fact and reality, incite violence and promote hatred.  The communities and tools that connect us are also a threat to our privacy and security and are used to spread misinformation and cause distrust.  While building digital skills, this course explores the potential benefits and challenges of our hyperconnected lives and examines the threats as well as the opportunities that the world wide web enables.

Credit Status
Professional optional course credit for students in the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies degree program; also a Liberal Studies Option (LSO) for Seneca degree students.

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

  • Reflect on our relationships with networked spaces, services and objects and the ways in which they knowingly and unknowingly affect our perceptions, condition the choices we make and shapes our experiences
  • Analyze ways in which information and misinformation is spread across the web enabling connections, facilitating discord and influencing our daily lives and world view
  • Evaluate the benefits and challenges of the ever-expanding web of internet connected devices on our societies, our psyches and our identities
  • Examine the ways in which online actions affect individuals, groups and entire communities, in both digital and physical spaces
  • Debate the ethical and responsible use of technology tools and online spaces
  • Discuss societal issues that have emerged in the digital world and the challenges and benefits that these present

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