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Global Studies: Digital Media and Technology

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During the last 20 years, human lives have become increasingly shaped by digital media and technology. This interactive course offered by the Global Studies in the Arts & Humanities program at Michigan State University focuses on a specific set of current issues that have developed specifically with the growing importance of digital media and technologies in the contemporary world. These issues range from the clandestine collection of data to surveillance, from networks to piracy, from cyborgs to whistleblowers. Even though access to digital technology has not expanded equally across the global, digital media and technology have transformed almost every aspect of human life on a global scale.

This course asks the following questions: What is the role of digital media and technology in the world, in individual lives, and in communities across distances and inequalities? How do digital media and technology enable and complicate human interactions and the formation of community at the local, national and global levels? How is digital technology changing what it means to be human? In what ways are humans developing new forms of knowledge, cultural practices, and practical skills through everyday uses of digital media and technology? How can we use technologies to examine digital media? How can we construct effective media projects (including websites, blogs, podcasts, graphics, games, virtual spaces, audio and video recordings, etc.) that express an awareness of the complex relationship between humans and machines.

Sean Pue, former director of the Digital Humanities program at MSU, teaches this course. He is currently an associate professor of Hindi Language and South Asian Literature and Culture at Michigan State University. Professor Pue blogs at www.seanpue.com.

PROGRAM INFORMATION

This course is taught by Full-Time MSU Faculty, providing you with the opportunity to work with experts the in Digital Humanities and utilize the Digital Scholarship Lab at MSU. Our faculty look forward to teaching ASP courses and often remain connected to students long after the course finishes. 

Accommodations

Students will live on campus at Michigan State University’s Owen Hall

To learn more about Owen Hall and see some photos, click here.

Accommodation Includes:

  • All students will be placed in single rooms, sharing a suite style bathroom with one other person of the same gender
  • Rooms are furnished with a bed, desk, chair, and dresser
  • Bed linens, pillows, and towels are provided by the residence hall and can be exchanged for clean linens weekly
  • Owen Hall has several common spaces including a take-out style restaurant and convenience store, cafeteria style seating, a media room, community kitchen, study rooms, a computer lab, music practice rooms, and a large outdoor patio
  • Air conditioning is not available in individual rooms, but all common spaces are air-conditioned. Students are provided with box fans in their rooms

Internet Access in Owen Hall

  • Wi-Fi is available in all rooms and common spaces throughout Owen Hall.

Owen Hall Security

  • Owen Hall has a service desk staffed 24-7. The staff can answer any questions residents have and can help resolve maintenance issues by contacting maintenance staff.
  • All students are given a key to their room and an access card upon check-in. Only residents can access the floor on which they live in Owen Hall with their access card.

Amenities

  • Students have access to IM East, the closest fitness facility. Access is only $3 per day.
  • Toilet paper and trash bags are provided free of charge by Owen Hall.
  • Sports equipment can be checked out from the service desk.
  • River Walk Market, a takeaway style restaurant, is located in the lobby and accepts Spartan Cash.

Activities & Excursions

Day trip to Chicago or Cedar Point

Students may explore ‘The Windy City’! Chicago is the 3rd largest city in the US and has one of the tallest skylines in the world with the Willis Tower (110 Story) and the John Hancock Center (100 Story) observation decks offering amazing views of the city. Chicago is home to over 250 theaters, however, our favorite is The Second City a comedy club with over 50 years of history some of the most famous comedians got their start right here including Bill Murray, Tina Fey, Joan Rivers, Steve Carell, and Mike Myers.

Cedar Point is a 364-acre  amusement park located on a Lake Erie peninsula in Sandusky, Ohio. Opened in the late-1800s, it is reported to be the second-oldest operating amusement park in the United States. The park features a world-record 72 rides, including 17 roller coasters – the second-most in the world.

Tour of the Michigan Capitol Building

Lansing is just down the road from MSU, and it is our state capital. Tour the historic building and learn about Michigan’s history and how our government works.

Lansing Lugnuts Baseball Game

The Lansing Lugnuts are Lansing’s own minor league baseball team, and we’ll go to a game and cheer them on! Experience the traditional American sport of baseball, eat hot dogs at the ball park, and try to get a picture with the Lugnuts’ mascot “Big Lug”. Before we go to the game, our interns will lead you in a game of kickball to help you understand the basics of baseball.

Explore Michigan Excursions

Michigan is home to diverse cities and beautiful parks and lakes, and summer is the best time to explore! We will travel to different areas in Michigan to help you explore both our cities and our landscapes. Potential excursions include city tours of Detroit, and beach day on Lake Michigan, or a day trip to Mackinac Island in Northern Michigan.

American Cuisine Demonstration

Learn about American cuisine while watching a demonstration by one of our chefs at Brody Square.

Graduation Ceremony

Celebrate with your new friends the completion of your American Semester Program Short Course! Take part in an American style graduation (after decorating your grad cap!), celebrate with your professors, and eat dinner at out Kellogg Conference Center and Hotel.

Course Objectives & Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course students:

  • will possess the tools and strategies to conduct research on the uses of digital technologies in relation to globalization.
  • will acquire the concepts and terminology to analyze the cultural and ethical questions associated with the uses of digital technology
  • will develop technical skills in designing and creating digital media resources.

Assessment

  • Class Attendance and Participation
  • Discussion Questions (10 points)
  • Digital Activities (internet-based research + 2-page paper) (50 points)
  • Final Project (40 points)

   

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Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 

Michigan enjoys all four seasons, and in July, MSU is typically very warm with lots of sunshine. Pictured here is an MSU landmark, Beaumont Tower.

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June 27 - July 17, 2020

• June 27: Student Arrival
• June 28: Student Orientation
• June 29: Classes begin
• July 3-5: Day trip to Chicago or Cedar Point
• July 10: Michigan Outing
• July 16: Classes End, Graduation Ceremony
• July 17: Student Departure

Other activities yet to be scheduled include: BBQ at Lake Lansing Park, Lansing Lugnuts Baseball Game, Excursion to Detroit and Outlet Mall

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$3,800 USD

Includes:
• Program Orientation and Tuition
• On-Campus Meals
• On-Campus single room housing
• Excursion to Chicago, Illinois
• Lansing Lugnuts baseball game
• Michigan Cultural Excursion
• Outlet Mall Shopping Trip
• Graduation Ceremony

   

HOW TO APPLY

Apply online to a Short Course program through our online application system (click here). After creating your Traveler Profile, you can find this program and begin your application! Before you begin your application, however, please prepare the following (you will not be able to complete your application without them):

  • 500-word Personal Essay
    • Please explain why you believe you are qualified for this course and why you want to study abroad at Michigan State University in the USA.
  • Academic Transcript
    • Copies and unofficial transcripts are accepted.
    • You transcript must have your full name and your school’s seal/logo/name clearly visible.
  • Recommendation
    • Include the email address of someone who can recommend you as a participant in the program. This could be an academic advisor, study abroad advisor, professor, supervisor, mentor, etc.

The American Semester Program is looking for applicants who are in good standing at their home universities. Your application will be closely reviewed, and if you have several failed courses, you may be asked to submit additional materials to support your application. The faculty instructors of each course have the final admissions decision and they reserve the right to deny admission.

Application available November 1, 2019!