Modern Literacies courses are designed to introduce students from all disciplines to forms of analysis and modes of thinking that represent, process, and convey information. These approaches to information increasingly mediate our experience of the world, and might include coding, statistical analysis, visual data analysis, and the analysis of geographic or spatial information.



ML 102

Uncertainty & Variation

John Cullinan


HDR 106



2 creditsThis is a non-technical introduction to the ideas of statistics and how they are used and portrayed in politics, science, economics, and the media.This course will center around readings that convey the big ideas of the subject with no mathematical prerequisites.By focusing on real-world case studies, we will learn to critique the use and misuse of statistics in everyday life. The course meets twice a week during the first seven weeks of the semester. This Modern Literacy course does not satisfy the MC (MATC) distribution requirement. ††Class size: 18



BLC 220

Digital Literacies and Scholarship

Jeremiah Hall

††††† F †† 10:10am-11:30am

RKC 200



(2 credits) This inquiry-based course asks questions about how knowledge is formed and transmitted in the 21st century and how we act upon information by developing literacies. It will examine the skills necessary to produce scholarship and engage the public sphere by focusing on studentsí proficiencies in conducting and presenting research using digital sources. Literacies under consideration range from databases and metadata to infometrics and social media; from coding languages to digital images and sound with an emphasis on how these relate to the process of research and writing. Through participation in collaborative workshops, students will gain experience with digital tools to analyze and interpret information sources as well as the ethical issues fundamental to information use and access. The goal is to encourage students to investigate digital literacies to create new voices for participating in the digital world.

Class size: 15