English 216, Literature,
Technology, and Society: Invented Worlds
1) Basic computer skills beyond Web surfing. You should be comfortable learning new tools and paying attention as you learn.
2) Computer capable of running the client for the virtual world Second Life (see system requirements at their site). If you do not have such a computer, you will be expected to download the client to the public labs and use those computers. Using Second Life is a requirement of this class.
3) Access to a digital camera. You need not be an expert photographer.
Texts: All are required. Be sure you have the same editions on sale at UR Bookstore--I won't slow down our class so you can find the right page in your copy.
Films: Like the texts, films are mandatory for the class and "fair game" for papers, and the midterm. Note times and locations listed on class schedule. I will attend some of them too, and we will stay for a short discussion afterward.
If you cannot attend the film screening at the MRC, be certain to view the film before the next class meeting on your own. All of them will be on reserve at the MRC all semester for in-library use only.
Participation: If you NEVER talk in class, don't expect more than a C for your participation grade.
You are expected to answer when I call on you--and to talk in class otherwise. Answering "I don't know" is honest and welcome. The rule for an A in participation is simple: talk in class often, but don't compete, waving your arms and shouting "Ooh, ooh, Dr. Essid!" I will try to call on those who raise their hands, and give a bit of preference to those who don't often get a word in edgewise.
You do not always have to have a statement or give an answer when you participate. Asking me and the class one really good question counts as much as a dozen obvious and pointless remarks. If you really don't understand something in a book or film, make that your contribution. I love it when students point out a specific issue or even term in a book or film that puzzles them.
You can receive extra participation credit for going to the Writing Center for help with papers beyond the help provided by our two Writing Fellows (or seeing them for extra meetings on your own).
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