UCLA Spring Quarter 2013 General Education Cluster 66CW

Powell 320B_Classroom B, Wednesday: 3:00-6:00

Instructor: Max D. Baumgarten
Email: m.Baumgarten@ucla.edu

Office Hours: Wednesday, 1:00 – 3:00PM
Office: 2207 Bunche Hall

The seminar examines the influence of new media and digital technology on the research, writing, and presentation of history. Students will assess how digital technology helps to structure and mediate their understanding of history and familiarize themselves with the basic tools necessary to navigate and create digital resources.

The seminar is part of the year-long General Cluster course on Los Angeles and will provide students with the opportunity to expand and build upon their knowledge of Los Angeles. More specifically, this course asks GE Cluster66 students how the use of digital technology might inform their understanding of Los Angeles. The course is centered on the creation of a digital history project. Working in groups of four, students will design and build an online exhibit that is related to the history of Los Angeles.

Assigned Readings: All course readings are available online. (See course schedule.) Students are required to read all assigned readings.

Grading Criteria

A. 70% = Assignments

All of these assignments relate one way or another to the final project — the creation of a digital resource/ digital exhibit. Students work on and turn in the proposal and the digital resource/ digital exhibit as part of a group. The other two assignments are done individually; each student is required to write his/her own the concept paper and website review.

Late assignments will be penalized one-half of a grade for each day it is late.

B. 30%= Participation

The participation grade will be based on attendance, preparation, mastery of readings, participation in workshops, and discussion in class. Students will be expected to make an effort to participate in discussion each week. Two or more unexcused absences from section will result in a failing grade for the participation component of the final grade.

Honesty: Cheating and plagiarism will not be tolerated. Using someone else’s arguments, ideas, or writing as your own is dishonest and disrespectful.

Final Thoughts: If students have any comments, questions, or concerns about the material, they are encouraged to come by my office hours. For anything substantive, I ask students to meet with me in person rather than over email. Allow 24 hours for an email reply.

*I reserve the right to modify this syllabus/section rules at any time during the quarter.

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