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Class Schedule

From Mod Mania

Semester 1, 2011

Weekly activities may change as the semester progresses.

Week 1

February 28, 2.00pm-5.00pm
Introduction to Modding
Group Activity: Answer the question: what is a chair?
Social Construction of Technology: Meaning is generated through social relations.
The use and misuse of objects: what is a microwave oven?
Task for next class: Read Triumph of the Mod and The Phantom Edit (see links page)
Complete your learning contract.

Week 2

March 7, 2.00pm-5.00pm
Consumer Modification and Producer Action
Discussion: Two unique responses to Consumer Modification of products. Triumph of the Mod and The Phantom Edit
Group Activity: Find a way for Lucus Films to harness the creativity of fans
Introduction to the Class Wiki
Tasks for next class: Log-on to the Wiki and create a page for your project.
Read: Myth Today, Roland Barthes - Pdf_icon.png download here Info_circle.png
Choose a topic for your first writing task.

Week 3

March 14, Labour Day Public Holiday
No Class

Week 4

March 21, 2.00pm-5.00pm
What is Culture and Where is it made?
Discussion: Culture and Myth.
Group Activity: Find examples of myth in advertising.
Consumer Society
Watch part 1 & 2 of The Persuaders (available via the Links page).
Discussion: Who controls your consumption? To what extent does consumption define who we are?
Lodge your learning contract.
Task for next class: Read The Rebel Sell, This Magazine (available via the Links page).

Week 5

March 28, 2.00pm-5.00pm
The Outsider
Watch part 4 & 5 of The Persuaders (available via the Links page).
Discussion: Rebel Sell. Can we get outside consumer culture?
Watch Scene from Fight Club and American Beauty.
Group Activity: Find examples Rebellion in Advertising and in the street.
Think of an act of personal rebellion.
Watch part 2 plus final part of The Merchants of Cool.
Task for next class: Finish your writing.

Week 6

April 4, 2.00pm-5.00pm
Assessment Task 1 Due
Class Submission of student essays
Group Activity: Peer review the essays.
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Culture and Narrative
About narrative and meaning - telling stories and 'getting to the truth'.
Discussion: Stories perform themselves into the world.
Give examples of conspicuous consumption.
Group Activity: Find conspicuous consumption in the street.
Task for next class: Put your essay on the wiki. Choose a fellow students essay and expand upon it.
Read: Users as Agents of Technological Change: The Social Construction of the Automobile in the Rural United States - Kline and Pinch (access it online)

Week 7

April 11, 2.00pm-5.00pm
The Interwebs
Watch: Some Memes
How the internet changes everything. Watch Web 2.0 YouTube.
the Long Tail. How popular culture isn't as popular as we thought and what this means for commerce, practice (design, etc.) and society.
Memes on Amazon - three wolfs and moon t-shirt
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Copyright and its impact on consumers
Watch Lawrence Lessig Free Culture presentation.
Discussion: Copyright - what are your rights?
Design a new copyright system
Read: Users as Agents of Technological Change: The Social Construction of the Automobile in the Rural United States - Kline and Pinch (access it online)

Week 8

April 18, 2.00pm-5.00pm
Strategies of Control and Consumer Tactics
Control Through Design: Scripted Use - How Design Structures Use, examining methods of control.
Discuss: Users as Agents of Technological Change: The Social Construction of the Automobile in the Rural United States - Kline and Pinch
What factors control your use of products and services?
How End User License Agreements (EULA) restrict user rights - Apple's iPhone and [the story of ring tones].
Watch: RIP!: [A remix manifesto]
Task for next class: Work on your Modding projects and your essays.

Mid Semester Vacation

April 25
No Class

Week 9

May 2, 2.00pm-5.00pm
Everyday Life
Read and Discuss The Practice of Everyday Life - de Certeau
Discussion: What do people do with the images they watch?
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Open Source Software
Group Activity: Listen to Richard Stallman at PFOSSCON 2007 (see [links page]).
Discussion: How open source makes something else of the copyright system.
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Open Source Everything
Read and report back to the group:
Make article on Open Source Hardware.
Open Source Beer.
BugLabs with pics.
Nokia's Internet Tablet.
Chumby.
Arduino.
RepRap.
Group Activity: Split into 2 groups, each group designs an open source product based on the Makers bill of rights.
Present your design to the class.
Task for next class: Work on your mod projects and writing.

Week 10

May 9, 2.00pm-5.00pm
Assessment Task 2 Due
Class Submission of re-worked essays
Group Activity: Peer review the essays.
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Objects in an interconnected world.
Bruce Sterling: artifacts, machines, products, gizmos, and spimes
Task for next class: Work on your mod projects.

Week 11

May 16, 2.00pm-5.00pm
Assessment Task 3 Due
Class presentations of Mod projects
Group Activity: Peer review the projects.
Task for next class: Put your projects on the wiki.

Week 12

May 23, 2.00pm-5.00pm
Last Class - Assessment Task 3 cont...
Continue presentations of Mod projects
Group Activity: Peer review the projects.
Class wrap-up.

Week 13

May 30 - SWOT VAC
No Class

Week 14

June 6
Re-submissions due (as required).
No Class