This interdisciplinary course provides an in-depth study of a topic in liberal studies, to develop students' understanding of a specific cultural, literary, artistic, technological, or scientific issue of concern to society, including consideration of both continuity and change. LIBS 7027 promotes cultural and civic literacy by exploring important social and cultural issues, in order to enhance the ability of students to contribute positively to workplaces and communities. Topics vary from term to term and may include subjects such as: technology and values; environmental ethics; utopian literature; the city - design and history; women in science and technology. Students may only take Selected Topics twice for credit towards a BCIT degree program.
BCIT ENGL 1177, or 6 credits BCIT Communication at 1100-level or above, or 3 credits of a university/college first-year social science or humanities course.
The topic for this term is Popular Culture. This course explores pop culture and media as complex sign systems and analyzes postmodern media from the global to the local in the context of new media literacy and ‘electracy’. The topics range from sign systems of TV shows, photography, fashion, music, to those of architecture. Students will have a chance to interpret the meaning of symbols in South Park, This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Arcimboldo’s paintings, the Returning to Hogwards computer games, or a Roadrunner cartoon. The course provides tools for a semiotic analysis of popular icons such as Elvis Presley or for analyzing the semiotics of coffee drinking. Students will learn how to read signs and decipher their meanings based on the cultural context since signs and symbols are recurring through cultural history, are transformed in the new cultural context and are transforming culture. Thus, we will investigate how we are making meaning of popular phenomena, how we are using popular culture and media, and what are the implications of media and pop culture consumption for the concepts of citizenship and critical consciousness. **This is not a self-paced course. There will be specific timelines for assignments and exams.***Course content, kind and quality of assignments and general standards for this online course are the same as classroom courses. You must have an email address and access to a computer capable of downloading basic documents. ALL FINAL EXAMS MUST BE WRITTEN DURING THE LAST WEEK OF THE COURSE ON DESIGNATED DATES AND TIMES. If you live outside of the Lower Mainland area you will be required to have an approved proctor administer the exam.
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Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
Describe specific philosophical, literary, artistic, technological, or scientific issues presented in the course.
Identify ambiguity, controversy and complexity by assessing the relative merits of different interpretations of issues and/or texts.
Recognize and articulate the distinctions between continuity and change, related to course themes.
Define the concepts of context, idea, historical period, cultural distinctions, and enduring human concerns (e.g., the individual's relationship to society, technology, authority), as they relate to the overall course topic.
Apply, in course assignments and discussions, cross-disciplinary approaches, ideas, and solutions.
Critically read and assess material from disciplines, genres, and eras other than those normally encountered in her/his BCIT technology program.
Evaluate credibility, context, evidence, and soundness of reasoning related to course themes.
Produce paragraph-based, essay-based and/or oral presentations that evaluate aspects of the course material.
Produce written argument essays and oral arguments in class discussion that demonstrate skills in critical thinking, reading, and writing.
Present ideas and research findings in a research paper / project report.
Produce a list of references that demonstrates sound research methodology and citation skills apply course concepts to his/her intellectual, civic, and professional life outside the classroom.
Effective as of Spring/Summer 2013
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