This interactive course focuses on current issues that have developed specifically from the growing importance of digital media and technologies in our day to day lives.
Although access to digital technology has not expanded equally across the globe, access to the internet and smartphones is always increasing. This rapid rise in the ability to connect with each other and share ideas has transformed almost every aspect of human life on a global scale.
Digital technologies have also been at the centre of some of the world’s most contentious debates. While data breaches and the misuse or mishandling of private data by corporations like Facebook and Cambridge Analytica have raised real concerns in hidden collection of data. There is a very real possibility that in the not too distant future these debates will be centred around the potential benefits and consequences of automatisation and artificial intelligence.
Some of the ethical and cultural questions this course will attempt to address include:
- What is the role of digital technology in the world, in communities and in individual lives?
- How are digital technologies 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 technologies?
- 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.
The program will be broken up into 3 parts:
Week 1: Understanding Digital Media
During the first week of the program, students will get an introduction and overview to media and technology and learn about the importance of data and networks
Week 2: Digital Technology and Society
The second week of the program will explore technology in our society. Students will learn about their digital fingerprint and identity. This week will also investigate the place of cyborgs and robots in our society as well as the impacts of piracy and digital surveillance.
Week 3: Digital Communities
The program will culminate with students examining digital communities and well as cyberactivism, whistleblowers and Wikileaks.
Intended Learning Outcomes & Additional Course Information
After successfully completing this short course, participants will have gained the following skills and knowledge:
- Strategically conduct research on the uses of digital technologies in relation to globalization
- Analyze the cultural and ethical questions associated with the uses of digital technology
- Designing and creating digital media resources
Class Attendance and Participation
This is a seminar-format class, run around discussion. You must carefully prepare the reading for each class. Your contributions to the discussion will be noted on a daily basis. Attendance is required and expected.
Discussion Questions: (10%)
There will be at least 10 opportunities to turn in discussion questions based on the readings. You are required to submit two questions at least 5 times. In total, these discussion questions are worth 10 points of your final grade.
Digital Activities (internet-based research + 2-page paper): (50%)
You will complete two digital activities during the first two weeks of the course. Our inquiries will be crowdsourced. As a class, we come up with a set of questions to ask for each activity and assign individuals to answer them. You will be responsible for producing a two-page report (double spaced, 11-12 pt font, with proper citations).
Final Project: (40%)
A final project will be due on the last day of class (Thursday, July 2019). This project will extend on the topics of one or more of the class digital activities. Students will present their projects to the class.
University & Faculty
The professor and creator of the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp is the managing director of the Burgess Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation (BIEI) at the Broad College of Business at MSU. The BIEI’s mission is to support entrepreneurship within the student body of MSU. He is also the director of the Hive, an innovative student “idea laboratory” where he mentors students in moving business concepts from idea to market.
Michigan State University (MSU) is a public research university in East Lansing, Michigan, United States. Founded in 1855, the university began as the Agricultural College of the State of Michigan, one of the country’s first institutions of higher education to teach scientific agriculture. After the introduction of the Morrill Act, the college became coeducational and expanded its curriculum beyond agriculture. Today, MSU is one of the largest universities in the United States and has approximately 540,000 living alumni worldwide
Michigan State University Spartans work every day to advance the common good in uncommon ways. The University tackles some of the world’s toughest problems to find solutions that make life better.
Michigan State University has also been a pioneer in developing intensive study abroad courses, having developed courses for Australian students since 2012.
East Lansing is a city located directly next to Lansing, the state capital of Michigan. It’s also a short drive from Chicago and Detroit.
East Lansing is most famous for being the home of Michigan State University. The USA’s pioneer land-grant university, MSU is one of the top research universities in the world.
Home to nationally ranked and recognized academic residential colleges, and service-learning programs, MSU is a diverse community of dedicated students and scholars, athletes and artists, scientists and leaders.
Known as ‘The Spartans’ their mascot Sparty is one of the most recognised mascots in collegiate sports. MSU participates in the NCAA Division 1 competition as members of the BIG10 and has won multiple national titles in football, basketball and ice hockey.
Students will live on campus at Michigan State University’s Owen Hall
To learn more about Owen Hall and see some photos, click here
- 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 common spaces, including lounges on each residence hall floor.
- Wi-Fi is not reliable, and often not available, in individual rooms. Each room has hard-wired internet access. Students can request an Ethernet cord from the American Semester program or can bring one from home.
- Just be sure your computer has a port for an Ethernet cord! Get an adapter if you need one.
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 the 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.
- 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.
Social and Cultural Program
The Cultural and Ethical Impacts of Digital Technologies Short Course is provided by the American Semester Program (ASP), a unit within the Office for Education Abroad at Michigan State University. ASP provides semester and year-long study abroad programs in addition to Short Courses offered in July each year. The small team of expert coordinators provides all ASP students one-on-one health, safety, and academic support and carefully designs programming that will integrate them into college life at MSU and in the Midwest United States. On this Short Course, students will be supported by the Short Course Coordinator and her team of Stewards who are on call 24/7 to support students and ensure a high-quality and fun experience for all participants.
Weekend Trip to Chicago
Students will have a whole weekend to 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 theatres, however, our favourite 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.
Explore Mackinac Island
Enjoy a day of fun and adventure exploring the untouched Mackinac Island
Lansing Lugnuts Baseball Game
Experience the traditional American sport of baseball, eat hot dogs at the ballpark, and try to get a picture with the Lugnuts’ mascot “Big Lug”. Before we go to the game, students from MSU will lead you in a game of kickball to help you understand the basics of baseball.
BBQ at Lake Lansing
Eat local BBQ from Saddleback BBQ ‘till your heart’s content at one of the inland lakes near to MSU. Take a paddle boat out on the lake, play volleyball and soccer, and enjoy the sunshine.
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.
American Cuisine Demonstration
Learn about American cuisine while watching a demonstration by one of our chefs at Brody Square.
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 our Kellogg Conference Center and Hotel.
*Subject to availability
Students are provided with a Spartan ID Card processed during orientation, which will be loaded with $260.00 of Spartan Cash.
- Spartan Cash can be used to purchase meals in on-campus cafeterias: Brody Square and The Gallery
- It can also be used at area restaurants and Sparty’s locations (convenience store). A full list of establishments that accept Spartan Cash can be found here
The following meals are also provided in the program:
- Orientation breakfast and lunch
- BBQ lunch
- Boxed lunch on Lake Michigan trip
- Graduation dinner
Access and Disability Support
YMCA Global Study aims to provide study abroad programs that are accessible to all students and work with participants on an individual basis to ensure they are supported throughout the entire study abroad process. Click here to learn more about how we with students living with a disability to study abroad.
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Step 2: Phone Interview
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Step 3: Finalising your application
Once you have completed YMCA Global Study will send you an email with instructions detailing how to finalise your application.
Step 4: Receive your acceptance pack
Once your application has been approved YMCA Global Study will send you an ‘Acceptance pack’. This pack will include important documents such as a course syllabus, acceptance letter from your Host University and advice on how to apply for credit with your home university, the pack may also include information on any funding specific to your university.
Step 5: Apply for credit and funding (if applicable)
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Step 6: Pay your deposit and confirm your place
Once you have paid your deposit your place on the program confirmed.
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