ICLT 331: Women, Technology, and Art
Monday: 11:10-12:35pm, Schure Hall 228.
Instructor: Dr. Amanda Golden
Office: Balding House 208
Office Hours: W 12-2pm and by appointment
Course Website: womendigart.weebly.com
Nnedi Okorafor, Binti. Tor.com, 2015. ISBN: 978-0765385253
Gerald Graff, et al, "They Say / I Say": The Moves that Matter in Academic Writing. 3rd Edition.
New York: Norton, 2016. ISBN: 978-0393617436
Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar. HarperCollins, 2005. ISBN: 978-0060837020
Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own. Harcourt, 2005. Ed. Mark Hussey, ISBN: 978-0156030410
Additional readings will be available on Google Drive
This course takes the nature of experiment as its subject, considering such topics as the art of the novel, poetic form, science fiction, visual art, graphic narratives, and the tech industry. Our case studies begin with two college students, Sylvia Plath’s aspiring writer in her novel The Bell Jar (1963) and Nnedi Okorafor’s STEM heroine in her Afrofuturist novel Binti (2015). We then turn to film adaptations of Mary Shelley’s classic novel Frankenstein (1818), Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own (1929), and avant garde poetry and aesthetics from Mina Loy and Laurie Anderson to Cecilia Vicuña. We will also survey the state of gender in the tech industry from Gamergate and Maker Culture to organizations like FemTechNet and Girls Who Code, and discuss The Internet of Women (2016), a collection of essays co-edited by NYIT’s Dean of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, Dr. Nada Anid. Students in this course will write essays, contribute to a course blog, and complete digital projects.
Student Learning Outcomes and Methods of Assessment
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Discuss social, cultural, and historical, issues that women writers and artists address.
(Core: Communication, Literacy, Critical/Analytical Thinking, Interdisciplinary Mindset and Skills, Ethical/Moral and Civic Engagement, and Global Perspective/World View)
2. Interpret stylistic features of literary texts and forms of media and how these features affect the impact of each text. (Core: Communication, Literacy, Critical/Analytical Thinking)
3. Compose a focused, organized, and clearly written analysis of literary texts. (Core: Communication, Literacy, Critical/Analytical Thinking, Global Perspective/World View)
4. Locate and evaluate research sources and incorporate and document them appropriately in writing, oral presentations, and digital projects.
(Core: Communication, Literacy, Critical/Analytical Thinking, Ethical/Moral and Civic Engagement)
5. Analyze different forms of media and work from different disciplines.
(Core: Communication, Literacy, Critical/Analytical Thinking, Interdisciplinary Mindset and Skills)
6. Work effectively in groups to interpret texts. (Core: Communication, Literacy, Critical/Analytical Thinking, Interdisciplinary Mindset and Skills, Global Perspective/World View)
Methods of Assessment that allow the instructor to assess the above learning outcomes as follows:
Writing in class and completing blog postings—Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 5
Discussing texts and forms of media—Outcomes 1, 2, 5, 6
Analyzing materials from different disciplines and the ways that they inform each other—Outcomes 1, 2, 4, 5, 6
Contributing to group tasks discussing global texts and interpreting them using digital tools—Outcomes 1, 2, 5, 6
Participating in peer review process for essays—Outcomes 1, 2, 6
Giving presentations (podcasts or videos)—Outcomes 1, 2, 4, 5, 6
Writing literary analysis essay—Outcomes 1, 2, 3
Completing research project—Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
For every reading assignment, students are expected to read the assigned pages thoroughly and carefully, taking detailed notes that they can refer to in class.
All writing assignments must be typed in 12-point and double-spaced, and thoroughly proofread. Papers must be submitted on Blackboard at least thirty minutes before class on the due date indicated on the syllabus. Do not include your name in documents submitted on Blackboard.
100-94 A 79-77 C+
93-90 A- 76-74 C
89-87 B+ 73-70 C-
86-84 B 69-67 D+
83-80 B- 66-60 D
Analytical Essay: 15%
Discussion Board Postings and Writing Center Reflection: 20%
Podcast or Video: 15%
Class Participation: 15%
Final Exam: 15%
Some of your required work, both individual and collaborative, will be completed in-class and for homework, all part of your participation grade, which will account for 15% of your course grade. Attendance is a separate course requirement and does not count as part of your participation grade.
These activities count for your participation grade:
Participation in class discussions
Participation in group activities
You must be present, prepared, on time, and engaged in seminar discussions. All course readings must be completed before class, and you will be attentive while in class if you want to earn an A or B. Substantive contribution to discussions, active listening, and thought-provoking questions are all considered participation. Being present but doing something else on your laptop is not participation, and will result in a C or lower. Here is a rough breakdown of what you can expect for each grade:
A: Lively engagement in discussions. Applies and/or challenges readings. Engages with and/or motivates peers
B: Actively listens in class and occasionally comments. Good collaboration with classmates
C: Tends to look disengaged. Might use phone or laptop for purposes not related to class. Occasionally tardy and absent
D: Sleeps in class. Rarely pays attention and/or is disruptive. Frequently tardy or absent. Unprepared for peer review or group meetings
F: Doesn’t attend class often. Sleeps through class when present, or disengaged. Disruptive.
You are expected to bring your laptop and a copy of the required readings or writing assignment to each class. This is a basic requirement for a C in class participation.
Attendance and Participation for Blended Course
In-person attendance on Mondays is mandatory: more than two unexcused absences from an entire class session may require your withdrawal from the course.
Online attendance is mandatory. This means that you must do the required work on your own. This weekly online work involves posting your interpretation of the literature we are reading as well as responding to at least two other students’ interpretation in the forum. This work must be done each week by Friday at 5pm.
Your participation in the online forums will be evaluated in the following way:
Discussion Board Postings
Your will post on our Blackboard Discussion Board on dates indicated on the syllabus. Questions and prompts for postings will be on Blackboard. Your postings will engage the question or topic in depth, analyzing quotations and examples when appropriate. Your responses should interpret and analyze course readings, building from previous topics we have discussed. Because these postings are short, you are encouraged to develop your own impressions, rather than consult internet sources. If you do consult internet or any other sources, you must cite them. Cutting and pasting any material you do not quote appropriately and cite from websites is plagiarism.
Discussion board postings will be assessed using the following rubric:
4: Exceptional. The discussion board post is focused and coherently integrates examples with explanations or analysis. The post demonstrates awareness of its own limitations or implications, and it considers multiple perspectives when appropriate. The entry reflects in-depth engagement with the topic.
3: Satisfactory. The discussion post is reasonably focused, and explanations or analysis are mostly based on examples or other evidence. Fewer connections are made between ideas, and though new insights are offered, they are not fully developed. The post reflects moderate engagement with the topic.
2: Underdeveloped. The discussion board post is mostly description or summary, without consideration of alternative perspectives, and few connections are made between ideas. The post reflects passing engagement with the topic.
1: Limited. The discussion board post is unfocused, or simply rehashes previous comments, and displays no evidence of student engagement with the topic.
0: No Credit. The discussion board post is missing or consists of one or two disconnected sentences.
Adapted from https://www.chronicle.com/blogs/profhacker/a-rubric-for-evaluating-student-blogs/27196
Replying to Others
Exceptional. Responses to classmates' postings are clear, specific and forward dialogue with them, asking questions of them as well as making useful comments.
Good. Responses to classmates' postings are clearly worded. Developing ideas; sometimes stimulates discussion.
Underdeveloped. Responses to classmates' postings are often worded in confusing manner and show little sense of what others have written.
No Credit. Abusive or distracting comments; persistent lack of participation.
Writing Center Visit Reflections
Over the course of the term, you are required to visit the English Department Writing Center in Balding House at least once, bringing an assignment from this course (such as a blog posting, project, presentation, essay rough draft, or final draft) that you are writing or revising. You can make an appointment for an in-person or online consultation at any stage in the writing process, from brainstorming to editing. You can also visit the writing center to strengthen a particular skill, such as commas, introductions, or any aspect of writing or communication. Following your visit, complete a 250-word response reflecting on your visit. This reflection should include a description of the task or assignment that you brought to the center, the feedback you received, and your plans for moving forward. The reflection will be graded using the blog assessment rubric, and for quotations you should analyze the language of your own writing and the tutor's feedback you receive. In addition, your reflection must also contemplate your own growth as a writer and critical thinker. Your reflection is due on Blackboard (under assignments) no later than the dates indicated on the syllabus, but can be uploaded earlier.
1. Come to class. This is a workshop class that requires your daily attendance and active participation. If you accumulate five or more absences, you will be withdrawn from the class or receive a failing grade. Repeated tardiness will count as absences (3 tardies = 1 absence). If you are using your phone or sleeping in class, you will be asked to leave and marked absent.
2. Make your deadlines. Late assignments will not be accepted. Know and keep your deadlines. All due dates are posted in this syllabus.
3. Academic Integrity and Plagiarism Policies. Each student enrolled in a course at NYIT agrees that, by taking such course, he or she consents to the submission of all required papers for textual similarity review to any commercial service engaged by NYIT to detect plagiarism. Each student also agrees that all papers submitted to any such service may be included as source documents in the service’s database, solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism of such papers.
Plagiarism is the appropriation of all or part of someone else’s works (such as but not limited to writing, coding, programs, images, etc.) and offering it as one’s own. Cheating is using false pretenses, tricks, devices, artifices or deception to obtain credit on an examination or in a college course. If a faculty member determines that a student has committed academic dishonesty by plagiarism, cheating or in any other manner, the faculty has the academic right to 1) fail the student for the paper, assignment, project and/or exam, and/or 2) fail the student for the course and/or 3) bring the student up on disciplinary charges, pursuant to Article VI, Academic Conduct Proceedings, of the Student Code of Conduct.
Cheating on an examination or assignment in this course will result in a zero for the examination or assignment and the matter will be reported to the appropriate college authorities as per the Student Handbook. A second incident of cheating on an examination will result in failure for the course.
In your writing for this class, you are encouraged to refer to other people's thoughts and writing -- as long as you cite them.
If you are ever in doubt about whether you are citing something correctly, please contact the professor.
You must list all sources you consult in your works cited list. You must cite web pages.
In moments of crisis students sometimes make decisions that they would not otherwise make. If you find yourself in a situation that affects your work in this class, please contact the instructor.
4. Original Work. All of your assignments must be created originally for this class only. Work submitted for other courses or created before the start of this course will not be accepted.
5. Computer Access. According to university policy, all students are required to own or have access to a computer system off campus with connectivity to the Internet and an installed or current version of Microsoft Office. NOTE: Microsoft Works is not compatible with Microsoft Office.
6. Technology Policy. Technology use in-class should be related to what we are doing in class. Set your mobile phone to vibrate. Do not answer your mobile phone unless it appears to be an emergency, e.g. the call is from a child or elder care provider or a parent who would not call during class except in case of emergency. Do not engage with social media or email unless the instructor specifically requests that you do so.
7. NYIT Withdrawal and Incomplete Grade Policy. A student may withdraw from a course without penalty through the end of the 8th week of class during a 14- or 15-week semester and through the 8th meeting during an 8week course cycle. After this, the student must be doing passing work in order to receive a W grade. Students who are not passing after the 8th week or equivalent will be assigned the grade of WF.
It is the student’s responsibility to inform the instructor of his/her intention to withdraw from a course. If a student has stopped attending class without completing all assignments and/or examinations, failing grades for the missing work may be factored into the final grade calculation and the instructor for the course may assign the grade of WF. The grade of F is used for students who have completed the course but whose quality of work is below the standard for passing.
Withdrawal forms are available in departmental offices and once completed must be filed with the registrar. Students should be reminded that a W notation could negatively impact their eligibility for financial aid and/or V.A. benefits, as it may change the student’s enrollment status (full-time, part-time, less than part-time). International students may also jeopardize their visa status if they fail to maintain full-time status.
The temporary grade of Incomplete (I) shall change to a failing grade (IF) if the student does not complete the work by the end of the allotted time. Grades of IF become part of the student's CUM.
Library Resources. All students can access the NYIT virtual library from both on and off campus at www.nyit.edu/library. The same login you use to access NYIT e-mail and NYITConnect will also give you access to the library’s resources from off campus.
On the left side of the library’s home page, you will find the “Library Catalog” and the “Find Journals” sections. In the middle of the home page you will find “Research Guides;” select “Video Tutorials” to find information on using the library’s resources and doing research.
Should you have any questions, please look under “Library Services” to submit a web-based “Ask-A-Librarian” form.
Additional Resources for Further Learning
If you would like additional help in the course, please contact your instructor for guidance. You are also encouraged use NYIT’s academic support services: the Learning Center, the Writing Center, the
Math Center, and Brainfuse (online tutoring, 24/7). For more information and links to the individual centers, see www.nyit.edu/student_resources/centers/.
Support for Students with Disabilities
NYIT adheres to the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504. The Office of Accessibility Services actively supports students in the pursuit of their academic and career goals. Identification of oneself as an individual with disability is voluntary and confidential. Students wishing to receive accommodations, referrals and other services are encouraged to contact the Office of Accessibility Services as early in the semester as possible, although requests can be made throughout the academic year. To contact the Office of Accessibility Services please send an e-mail to email@example.com or call (516) 686-4934 for the Old Westbury campus and (212) 261-1759 for the Manhattan campus.
The Department of English Writing Center and Writing Workshop Computer Lab
Discuss your essays with Professors of English. While the Writing Center can help you with grammar and punctuation, it is not primarily an editing service. Rather, you can work with writing instructors to address specific writing concerns or issues. The Writing Center is a place to get additional support for your writing, servicing all students at all levels of writing and at any stage of the writing process. You can also use the Wireless Laptop Writing Workshop, a writing computer lab with laptops and wireless access to the Internet. The Writing Center and the Writing Workshop lab are located in Balding House. No appointment is necessary, but you are welcome to schedule an in-person appointment or online consultation. Give us a call at 516-686-7557 and visit us at 101 Balding House. For hours and announcements, visit our website [www.nyit.edu/student_resources/tutoring#WritingCenter], like our page on Facebook [facebook.com/owwriting/].
Schedule (Subject to Change)
Weekly Schedule (Subject to Change)
All Assignments (Discussion Board Postings, Writing Assignments, Rough and Final Drafts, Other Online Assignments) are due Sunday of each week by midnight
Week One: Sept. 5-9
1. Read Virginia Woolf, “A Society” (1921) from Monday or Tuesday and E. M. Forster, “The Machine Stops” (1909). You can also use the Audiobooks App.
2. Discussion Board Posting Due.
Week Two: Sept. 10-16
1. Read Plath, The Bell Jar 1-50 (Ch. 1-4).
2. View video regarding the Rosenberg Trial.
3. Read They Say/I Say Introduction and Chapter 1; Review Index of Templates.
4. Discussion Board Posting Due.
Week Three: Sept. 17-23
1. Read The Bell Jar 50-98 (Ch. 5-8).
2. Read excerpts from Tracy Brain, The Other Sylvia Plath (2001) (on Google Drive).
3. Mapping New York Assignment.
Week Four: Sept. 24-30
1. Read The Bell Jar 99-153 (Ch. 9-12); and 236-244 (Ch. 20).
2. Read They Say/I Say chapter 3 and Understanding Rhetoric Issue 4.
3. Workshop Sample Essay
4. Discussion Board Posting Due
Week Five: Oct. 1-7
1.Read Plath’s poems, “The Colossus,” “Ariel,” “Lady Lazarus,” and “Daddy.”
2. Listen to recordings of Plath reading her poems and 1962 interview.
3. Complete Discussion Board Poem Annotating Assignment.
4. Analytical Essay Rough Draft Due.
5. In Class Peer Review.
Week Six: Oct. 8-14
No Class Meeting Monday October 8 - Columbus Day
1. Analytical Essay Final Draft Due.
2. Read first third of Binti.
Week Seven: Oct. 15-21
2. View interview with Okorafor.
3. Discussion Board Posting Due.
Week Eight: Oct. 22-28
1. View Adichie, "We Should All Be Feminists" TED Talk,
2. Read chapter from The Internet of Women, ed. Nada Anid, et al.
3. Infographic Assignment Due.
Week Nine: Nov. 5-11
1.View selections from Young Frankenstein and Frankenstein (1931)
2. Read Sample Script.
3. Screencast Assignment Due
Week Ten: Nov. 12-18
1. Read first half of Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own.
2. Listen to recording of the Voice of Virginia Woolf.
3. View first half of Eileen Atkins, A Room of One's Own.
4. Discussion Board Posting Due.
Week Eleven: Nov. 19-25
1.Read Second Half of A Room of One's Own.
2. View second half of Eileen Atkins, A Room of One's Own.
3. Script and Podcast or Video Proposal Due.
Week Twelve: Nov. 26-Dec. 2
1.Script and Podcast or Video Rough Draft Due.
2. Read Mina Loy, "Feminist Manifesto," "Brancusi's Golden Bird," and "Auto-Facial-Construction."
3. View Laurie Anderson recordings, O Superman and Home of the Brave.
Week Thirteen: Dec. 3-9
1. Script and Podcast or Video Final Draft Due.
2. In Class Peer Review.
3. Read poetry of Cecilia Vicuña and Rupi Kaur.
Week Fourteen: Dec. 10 - last class meeting
1. Review for Final Exam
2. End of term reflections due.