Participation (25% of grade)

You are all responsible for contributing to class discussions each week, and you should be prepared to join the conversation with energy, enthusiasm, and, especially, knowledge of the topic gleaned from your readings. As such, you should complete all the assigned readings and engage regularly with your classmates and instructors. Moreover, in most weeks there will be an opportunity for “show and tell.” This is a chance for you to come to the front of the classroom to introduce your classmates a news article, a video, or another resource that you have come across in your work or leisure that relates to the themes of DMD 2010.

It should go without saying that you must be present in class to contribute to class discussions and therefore to get full credit for this portion of your grade.

Debates (10% of grade)

In Weeks 3 and 13 we will meet for formal Oxford-style debates. Your section will be divided into two teams, which will be asked to take sides on a proposition about the history of digital culture. You will be graded on how well you have prepared for these debates and on your participation as a member of your team.

Midterm Essay (20% of grade)

A review essay of at least 1000 words and no more than 1250 words, is due in Week 5. If, for any reason, you expect that you will miss the deadlines, please contact Dr. Scheinfeldt or Luisa Arrieta in advance. Under certain circumstances, we may be able to provide an extension of up to three days. Otherwise, any late work will be graded according to the late work policy outlined below. Papers must be written in Microsoft Word in 12-point Times New Roman font with one-inch margins on all sides and submitted via email Luisa Arrieta at Do not send your paper as a PDF, in Apple Pages, or as a Google Doc.

Please feel free to speak with us for help with your essay assignment. We will happily read outlines and drafts and provide feedback before the deadline. But give us some time before the deadline to thoroughly read and evaluate your work.  If you require additional assistance, the Writing Center ( is a great place to look.

Midterm Exam (20% of grade)

The midterm exam for this class is scheduled for Week 9 and will consist of two short (2-4 paragraph) answer questions.

Final Exam (25% of course grade)

The final exam for this class will consist of two short (2-4 paragraph) answer questions and one long (5-10 paragraph) essay question. The final exam will be held during exam week at a time to be announced later in the semester by the Registrar.