Digital Civilization: Honors Western Civilization 2 Course Description
... a very different sort of Western Civilization class, one that actively blends our digital civilization with the history of western civilization ... This site is part of an Honors Western Civilization 2 course offered during Fall 2010 and Winter 2012 at Brigham Young University. Colloquially called “Digital Civilization,” the class is taught jointly by Dr. Gideon Burton (English) and Dr. Daniel Zappala (Computer Science).
Western civilization has been greatly influenced by how we produce and share knowledge. Since the development of the printing press in the 15th century, the printed word has dominated religion, philosophy, science, economics, politics, and education. We are now in the midst of the digital revolution, with online media such as blogs, wikis, social networking, and the web shaping our civilization. In this course we will view western civilization through the lens of the digital revolution, learning both what the past has to say about how we produce and share knowledge, and what our experiences with modern technology lead us to discover about the past. Our readings will pair great works of western civilization with current texts and tools, exploring common themes that include the structure of knowledge, principles of openness and participation, authenticity, identity, privacy, and copyright. Students will become fluent with the concepts and tools needed to be lifelong learners and active participants in a world where technological innovations change rapidly.
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