ENGL 4886: Digital Worlds: September - December 2013
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General course information

Required Texts

Course Expectations or Outputs

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  1. position the specific topic within a broader context of media studies and approaches to digital culture.
  2. demonstrate an advanced ability to analyze texts in a nuanced and historically informed manner.
  3. contribute meaningfully to seminar in a manner that demonstrates a depth of preparation, initiating critical discussion and participating in a sustained scholarly conversation.
  4. listen actively to others in seminar and offer informed, critical responses.
  5. lead the seminar group in an advanced analysis of a specific topic.
  6. formulate a topic for independent research and complete a sustained research paper in which analytical argument is enriched by the judicious use of complex secondary sources.

Course Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this course will demonstrate:

  1. a detailed knowledge and critical understanding of the topic in digital culture.
  2. a developed understanding of critical approaches to digital culture and of the theoretical principles that support these approaches.
  3. an ability to work independently, using a range of techniques in the generation of complex analyses.
  4. an ability to gather and comprehend complex secondary sources and to make effective use of them.
  5. an ability to communicate ideas and analyses in clear, correct, and persuasive prose.

Participation and Attendance

Students are expected to prepare carefully for each (and every) class. This involves not just reading the texts that will be covered that day, but also thinking about them, taking notes on them, and preparing questions and statements about them. The more prepared students are for class, the more successful and enjoyable the seminar will be. Participation is a key component of the course. Because this is a seminar, everyone is expected to attend all classes, and everyone is expected to participate in all classes. No part of the participation grade is for attendance alone.



The Department of English Studies and Nipissing University maintain a strict policy on all forms of academic dishonesty. Each assignment must be original work produced by the student only for this course. All referencing and documentation must be complete and accurate for both direct and indirect quotations. The Modern Language Association (MLA) guidelines for essay preparation are the standard in English Studies. Ignorance of what constitutes plagiarism will not be accepted as an excuse: if you are uncertain about any of this information, see your instructor immediately. All essays and tests are subject to an additional oral and/or written test at the instructor’s discretion. All suspected plagiarism will be reported to the chair of the department, the dean of the faculty, and the registrar of the university.

Marc R. Plamondon, Ph.D. Department of English Studies Nipissing University