IMA 504 Syllabus

IMA 504

NUMBER OF CREDITS: 3

COURSE TITLE: Social, Legal and Ethical Issues in Multimedia

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will focus on the Social, Legal and Ethical Issues in Multimedia and all forms of new media. This course will provide the student with a foundation of the issues resulting from the explosion of and the standardization of new media. We will work on improving writing skills, finding one’s voice and critical evaluating the progress and delineation that new media delivery, content and availability now provides.

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AUTHOR(S): Patrick Aievoli

PUBLISHER(S): Whittier Publications

OBJECTIVE OF THE COURSE: The objective of this course is to familiarize students with the diverse range of social, legal and ethical issues involved in the digital age. Course will also show how all three areas of discussion are intertwined and influence each perspective.

CONTACT HOURS: 6:40 to 8:40
Graduate level lecture courses 3 credits reflect 2 hrs. x 15 weeks = 30 contact hours
Patrick Aievoli paievoli@liu.edu

Office hours and location
Humanities Hall Room 119a –
12:30 to 1:50 / 4pm to 6 pm – Tues & Thurs

CONTENT DESCRIPTION: Review of case studies for the three areas of discussion and tangential areas of consequence. Week by week discussions revolve around topic areas: social, legal and ethical issues. As semester progresses examples and areas evolve and develop: e.g. SOPA did not exist last spring 2011 today it is one of the most topical debates of the year. Also – eBooks being regulated by publishers to libraries – only allowing 26 downloads per purchase of digital edition.

INSTRUCTIONAL ACTIVITIES: (list learning activities and subject content areas covered in the course)

Please see assignments and weekly guide.

ASSIGNMENTS /HOMEWORK HOURS:

Assignments
1. Social Assignment
Students will select an issue currently in question whether dealing with CD-ROM, DVD, or web based deliver technology. Example – Internet Access in Schools.
Given these restraints students will write a five-page paper discussing the following points;
Benefit or Detriment to General Populace
Seclusion or Inclusion of General Populace
Conclusion

2. Legal Assignment
Students will select a product/project. Example – Napster.
Students will then review the project on the basis of the following criteria.
Copyright Laws
Examples of copyright infringement
Image usage and contracts
Conclusion

3. Ethical Assignment
Students will select an issue currently in question dealing with any form of new technology.
Example – Nanotechnology.
Given these restraints students will write a five-page paper arguing the following points:
Availability for General Populace
Advancement of General Populace
Conclusion

4. Final paper
Students will select a product/project. Example – Microsoft – Internet Explorer

This paper will start with an Abstract. Students will create a 150 word Abstract for their argument. The abstract combines all aspects of their argument into one simple statement. The content of the Abstract is to aggregated from the Social, Legal and Ethical areas of their final paper.
The paper will end with a final conclusion inclusive of recommendations.

Students will then review the project on the basis of the following criteria:

Social
Benefit or Detriment to General Populace
Seclusion or Inclusion of General Populace
Summary

Legal
Copyright Laws
Example: Sampling (seven note issue)
Image usage and contracts
Summary

Ethical
Availability for General Populace
Advancement of General Populace
Summary

Conclusion
At the conclusion of this course students will be able to determine the social, legal and ethical issues of multimedia.

Weekly Assignments Homework Hours
Paper Development and completion 1 hour
Research content 1 hour
Readings from prescribed lists 1 hour
Presentation development 1 hour

EVALUATION (Percentage valued for each assignment and participation)
Final grade will be based on class participation, assigned reading, student progress, tests and evaluation of papers. More than three absences will result in a failing grade. Students will need to spend at least three hours per week in the lab (outside of class time) to complete these projects.

A= Excellent Work
B+ = Above Average
B = Average
C+ = Minimal Average
C= Below Average
D+ = Well below average
D = Minimal Level
F = Failure to meet expectations

Late projects will either not be accepted or will result in a lowered grade. In addition, there will be tutorial assignments worked on in class and a high probability of surprise quizzes. Finally, all students should maintain notes on class lectures, demonstrations and instruction. Class attendance is essential.

WEEKLY COURSE OUTLINE:

Week 1
Review of course and explanation as to terms for social, legal and ethical issues and how they intersect.

Week 2
Review of recent social issues relevant to Internet usage and digital media.
Examples:
News Corp and cell phone hacking
iPhone GPS and retailers
Cookies and usage
Digital Divide

Students are then required to select a topic and develop an outline and appropriate research for presentation.

Week 3
Student presentations of outlines and research.

Week 4
Revisions of outlines and any new research.

Week 5
Paper presentations and posting to imagcwp journal.

Week 6
Review of recent legal issues relevant to Internet usage and digital media.
Examples:
SOPA – Stop Online Piracy Act
DRM new laws and who believes they need to be ended
DMCA overview
Fair Use and innovation

Students are then required to select a topic and develop an outline and appropriate research for presentation.

Week 7
Student presentations of outlines and research.

Week 8
Revisions of outlines and any new research.

Week 9
Paper presentations and posting to imagcwp journal.

Week 10
Review of recent ethical issues relevant to Internet usage and digital media.
Examples:
Facebook’s use of proprietary information
Overall privacy issues
Publishers limiting libraries to only 26 weeks worth of downloadable ebook editions
Net Neutrality – who owns the Internet

Students are then required to select a topic and develop an outline and appropriate research for presentation.

Week 11
Student presentations of outlines and research.

Week 12
Revisions of outlines and any new research.

Week 13
Paper presentations and posting to imagcwp journal.

Week 14
Review of overall papers and how the topic areas co-exist

Week 15
Final review of course – evaluation and exit surveys

SUPPLEMENTARY READING LIST

GENERAL:
http://www.pewinteractive.org
www.copyright.gov/legislation/dmca.pdf
thomas.loc.gov › THOMAS Home › Bills, Resolutions