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Course Listing

DICE 3000 Introduction to Digital Cultures

Examine how digital technologies are changing how we interact, work, and live. In this course, you will learn the basic critical vocabulary used to analyze how digital technologies intersect with and transform the human experience. You will also begin learning key digital skills, such as how to create a portfolio using Weebly.

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DICE 3010 Key Concepts In Computing

Learn the fundamentals of how computers and programming work by exploring the building-blocks of digital technology. From the logic of code to computational thinking, you’ll use simple “maker” projects and system design to learn through tinkering and exploration. You’ll also study the history of computing to discover the forces that have defined it both professionally and culturally.

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DICE 3020 History of Text Technologies

We use technology to record and transmit cultural knowledge, memory, and imagination through space and time. In this course, you we will explore how changes in textual materials and technologies emerge from and shape a specific cultural moment. Some text technologies we may explore are cave painting, tattoos, graffiti, codices, machine-made books, typography, photography, film, graphic design, and digital media.

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DICE 3030 Foundations of Digital Rhetoric

How do we use digital media to influence and persuade citizens and consumers? Digital rhetoric is the study of how digital technologies shape methods of persuasion. In this course, you will analyze arguments that exist in digital media, such as video games, search engines, webpage designs, and digital images. You will also learn how to produce your own rhetorically informed digital media and apply a strategic message plan.

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DICE 3050 Digital Cultures: Theory and Practice

How does the study of digital cultures relate to the intellectual traditions of the humanities and social sciences? In this course, you will become familiar with the philosophical arguments underpinning current debates about digital technology. You will examine how different disciplines explain culture and technology.

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DICE 4000 Everyday Coding

This course provides both a practical and conceptual introduction to the data structures and logical patterns of computer programming. You’ll begin by creating animation with MIT’s Scratch, a playful tool for learning how computers “think” and go on to do simple game development using Python. We’ll explore the many ways algorithmic thinking structures digital technology, allowing your understanding of code basics to take you in many different directions.

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DICE 4010 Digital Identities

How are we perceived online and how do we curate ourselves in both the physical and digital realms? In this course, you will appraise and reflect upon not only the digital identities of others, but also the cultural implications of your own digitally constructed identities. Course topics include privacy, surveillance, online gaming, digital sub-cultures, and social media usage.

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DICE 4020 Global Digital Cultures

How has the spread of digital technologies affected globalization? In this course, you will examine the various aspects of cultural globalization. We will look at how globalization manifests itself in our daily lives. Course topics includes branding and advertising, consumer culture, social media, news cycles, social justice and activism, sustainability, and identity.

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DICE 4030 Multimodal Composition

A multimodal story uses a combination of text, images, video, audio, graphics and interactivity in a format that allows each medium to contribute without redundancy. In this course, you will explore multimodal stories in a variety of formats, and learn to create both linear and non-linear story “packages.” The course is project-based, and each week you’ll work on one step in the development of a midterm and final project. You’ll also learn to analyze multimodal stories carefully and gain awareness of the expressive and informational strengths of each medium.

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DICE 4040 Social Justice and Digital Media

Digital media affect all aspects of our lives, including power structures. In this course, you will investigate how digital technologies have been used to assert and maintain authority. You will also examine how digital technologies can be leveraged for social change. Topics include guerilla media art installations, social protest, socially active game design, and disruptive digital technologies and spaces. Students will work with a non-profit entity to create digital media intended to promote a social good.

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DICE 4900 Senior Synthesis Capstone

The senior capstone course synthesizes the knowledge and skills gained in the program. In this course, you will examine what you have learned and what you plan to do with your new skills and knowledge. In this class, you will learn about various career pathways and revise your program portfolio. Your final portfolio will provide evidence of your communication and technical skills and give you samples of work that you can showcase to future employers.

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