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University and Society: Course Focus : Learning theories and arguments on: Contradictions between academic ideals and learning on the one hand & media representation and popular culture on the other. Assignments: Write two quizzes, Essay on a topic (term 1Part 1:; term 2 part II)

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University and Society:

Course Focus:

Learning theories and arguments on:

Contradictions between academic ideals and learning on the one hand & media representation and popular culture on the other.

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Assignments:

Write two quizzes,

Essay on a topic (term 1Part 1:; term 2 part II)

(see the list of topics)

Evaluation

Term 1 Choose a Topic:

Part I: Peer reviewed literature 20%

In-class multiple choice test 10%

Class participation 15%

sub-total 45%

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Term 2:

Part II: Final essay (see guidelines) 25%

(includes 5% for conceptual framework)

Essay presentation 10%

In-class multiple choice test 10%

Class participation 10%

sub-total 55%

Grand Total 100%

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Essay:

Choose your topic from the list

Should address the following question:

Why and how are there contradictions between popular cultural representations (on gender, race, intelligence, jobs, etc.,) and the academic ideals, values & views learned/ taught in the university?

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Readings, lectures, visual materials, concepts and theories

    • 1. Will be on the tests
    • 2. Are to be integrated into your essay
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*October 1: library session arranged specially for you: 11:30-12:30, in Room 531 Scott Library- attendance required.

Select your topic in the first two weeks of classes and get my approval on its feasibility

*Write a brief paragraph (max150 words) explaining your focus and e-mail it to me by Oct 8.

Watch for weekly postings of materials on course web www.yorku.ca/rajagopa

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Weekly class readings are posted on our course webpage.

  • In class discussions and the essay, the main focus will be:
  • Applying Foucault’s arguments to the university as a social institution: what is Foucault’s view of society?
  • Examining how the university is portrayed in the popular cultural (movies, media, etc.) vis-à-vis critical culture (e.g., cartoons, lyrics, etc) .
  • How do powerful social forces, e.g. media, society, workplace, etc., shape the university’s administration, faculty and students.
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What is higher education doing with a corporate business paradigm of profit?

  • Sampleessay topics on this issue:
    • Commodification of knowledge
    • Students’ views on education and work
    • University and corporate interests
    • American cultural hegemony
    • Who controls Knowledge: the State or Corporations?
    • Role of technology in commodification
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Commodification:

  • Is Higher education: a market "product“ to be "consumed“ ?
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How has commodification influenced the values of education?

  • Educational content has been profoundly
  • changed delivering consumer satisfaction
  • Commodity
  • Branded.
  • Sponsored research
  • Distance education
  • “Click” universities generate no peer effects.
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How does commodification influence the values of education?

Popular media examples- Hollywood movies:

The Class (1985); Doctors (1988); Harvard students; Stealing Harvard; Legally Blonde; Gilmore Girls; The Firm; The Paper Chase; Good Will Hunting; With Honors; How High; Soul Man; and Harvard Man.

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080613013914AAM9A3p

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmJD7_ueDLc stealing harvard

http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/284797/Homeless-to-Harvard-The-Liz-Murray-Story/overview

Harvard man http://www.metacritic.com/movie/harvard-man/trailers/1083121

Harvard beats Yale http://www.metacafe.com/watch/2571100/harvard_beats_yale_29_29_movie_trailer/

http://www.starpulse.com/Movies/Harvard_Man/Great_Film_Moments/

Social network http://www.slashfilm.com/movie-trailer-the-social-network/

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Critical media examples:

1.Cartoons

2. Other reality sources: Reliable statistics

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Part 1: Theories & arguments from litt. (from peer reviewed articles) on issues related to higher ed.

P 1 & 2: Values taught in the university vs. popular cultural views

e.g.: Is Information society being turned into a ‘house of certainty’?

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Is Information society being turned into a ‘house of certainty’?

P1: Values taught in universites: privacy, freedom and security of self

P2: How are these compromised/expanded by ICT and the Web?

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Is Information society being turned into a ‘house of certainty’?

P 1: Peer reviewed articles found e-resources in the library (scholar’s portal)

argument: Do Social Media lead to control over its users

P2:

Does IT maintain or compromise ethics, identity, private and personal information?

Privacy, Prurience And Internet Technologies: Globalization Of Voyeurism

Downloadable Kindle book on Amazon.com

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http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2010/02/16/google-s-orwell-moment.htmlhttp://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2010/02/16/google-s-orwell-moment.html