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315 - Interpersonal and Psychological Implications of Social Media

This course provides students with a strong theoretical foundation for approaching the ways in which new social media platforms can shape how interpersonal relationships are initiated, maintained, and developed as well as the implications of these tools for psychological processes.

335 - Social Media in Organizations

This course will address the technical, social, and psychological factors related to how organizations adopt and use social media technologies. Emphasis will be placed on how organizations can leverage social media to communicate with external stakeholders as well as support internal organizational processes such as collaboration, knowledge management, and innovation.

360 - Succeeding at Failing: The Art of Entrepreneurship in the Information Age

Behind every entrepreneurial success story lie the untold stories of numerous failures. Those with visions that were too early, too late, or unable to capitalize on a prospective opportunity for any number of reasons. For the overwhelming majority of entrepreneurs, pursuing a dream is far more likely to result in failure than success.

Entrepreneurship is a mindset characterized by risk-taking, seeing problems from multiple perspectives, experimentation, and continually challenging oneself to produce meaningful results. However, it is also about learning from failure - and ultimately finding a way to succeed by overcoming the odds.

Succeeding at failing is more humanistic than mechanical, it is built on lived experience more than replicable formulas, it is more art than science. It is an essential ingredient in developing an entrepreneurial mindset, and like any other
form of art, it can be taught, practiced, and experienced - and that is the objective
of this course.

431 - Algorithms and Society

Algorithms are a set of rules for computers to follow. Algorithms affect myriad aspects of everyday life, from facial recognition to privacy to policing to social media. This course will examine the ways that algorithms impact individuals and communities, especially in ways that may not be obvious to people who are consumers of algorithmic technologies. We will investigate concepts of bias, discrimination, fairness, ethics, and justice, especially as they relate to attributes like gender, race, or health. Students will be tested via quizzes and will be given an opportunity to explore new ideas.

435 - Exploring Computational Thinking Through Making

This course uses making activities to introduce students to problem-solving skills associated with computational thinking. Students will utilize their foundational knowledge of computational thinking and making/tinkering to design solutions to a wide-variety of information problems. The course structure will include a combination of lectures, hands-on making activities, and small group presentations.

460 - Modeling Success: The Science of Entrepreneurship in the Information Age

Discussions about technology-driven change typically focuses on enabler, instead of the forces impacting the way we work, play, learn, buy, and communicate with each other. We will apply relevant entrepreneurial theory and practice - and in particular, the principles of business model generation - to learn how to search for, respond to, and exploit the recurrent waves of technological change as entrepreneurial of opportunities.

489 - Designing Engagement Through Social Media

In this course, students will work on service-learning projects to research, design, and implement social media strategies for local organizations. Student teams will apply principles of user-centered design combined with expertise in social media communication and social group theory to accomplish social media projects.

537 - Crisis Informatics

Saving lives in crises means being prepared, coordinated and fast. Information and technology are increasingly the tools people in need are turning to. As humanitarian organizations have agreed, "information is aid." Participants in this class will learn to examine crisis situations, in continuum from personal to international crises, and evaluate and plan relevant information technology responses. The class will review personal crises such as a major accident; and recent international crisis-disaster response, such as the Syrian Refugee migration, Hurricane Sandy, and Nepal earthquake. Students will have an opportunity to have hands-on experience with the technology tools used in disaster response, and work in teams with senior executives from international NGO's and corporations.

610 - Advanced Digital Studies Seminar

This graduate theory seminar provides a comprehensive and introduction to the major theories, themes and issues in Digital Studies. The course focuses on key canonical and contemporary texts in this emerging field. This course or its equivalent is required for student who wish to receive the Digital Studies Graduate Certificate.

652 - Incentives and Strategic Behavior in Computational Systems

Modeling and analysis of strategic decision environments from combined computational and economic perspectives. Essential elements of game theory, including solution concepts and equilibrium computation. Design and analysis of mechanisms for problems motivated by areas such as electronic commerce, social computing, social choice, and information elicitation.