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This graduate seminar addresses recent innovations in information and communication technology (ICT), providing students with the following: In the process, students not only examine recent developments in technology and gain familiarity with the literature of ICT scholarship but actively participate in the field by producing original research projects suitable for the MA thesis, presentation at an academic conference, and/or publication in a scholarly journal. The objective of the course, therefore, is to cultivate informed, critical citizens and decision makers, who are confident dealing with current and future technological innovation.

Who Where When

Location: DuSable Hall 218
Time: W 6:00-8:40pm
Instructor: Dr. David J. Gunkel
Department: Communication
Office: Reavis 112
Office Hours: MW 2:00-3:15 & by appointment

Texts & Resources

Internet Studies Of Remixology Machine Question
Mia Consalvo & Charles Ess. The Handbook of Internet Studies. Wiley and Sons, 2012. ISBN: 978-1118400074.
David J. Gunkel.
Of Remixology: Ethics & Aesthetics After Remix. MIT, 2016. ISBN: 978-0262033930.
David J. Gunkel.
The Machine Question: Critical Perspectives on AI, Ethics & Robots. MIT, 2012. ISBN: 978-0262017435.

These three texts are required and must be procured by all students enrolled in the course. In addition to these three required texts, we will also employ several online articles, essays, and videos. These items are indicated on the course calendar and are required reading/viewing. There are also a number of recommended Internet resources that students may want to consult to assist their research work:

Online Writing Lab at Purdue University

Online Writing Lab

ICA's Fair Use for Scholarly Research in Communication

Fair Use Primer

NIU Office of Research Compliance and Integrity

NIU Research Compliance


Seminar members will learn and become proficient with the following: