Fall 2020 - CMNS 453 C200
Issues in the Information Society (4)
Class Number: 8537
Delivery Method: Distance Education
Course Times + Location:
Exam Times + Location:
Dec 9, 2020
11:55 PM – 11:55 PM
TAKE HOME-EXAM, Burnaby
Prerequisites:75 units, including CMNS 253W, 353 or 354. CMNS 362 is recommended.
Advanced seminar to discuss issues in the interplay between contemporary society and new computer/communication technologies, at the level of comprehensive theories of society, on one hand, and major public policy, on the other. May repeat for credit if topic studied is different.
The course is an introduction to ideas, concepts, and developments associated with the significant, rapidly occurring changes experienced in mobile societies around the world. It highlights important historical events and the stakeholders who seek to exercise their influence over the development of new technologies and services.
- Weekly Online Activities 10%
- Assignments 60%
- Take-home Midterm Exam 15%
- Take-home Final Exam 15%
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TEACHING AT SFU IN FALL 2020
Teaching at SFU in fall 2020 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (email@example.com or 778-782-3112).