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Internet and American Life

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PAC 442 Internet and American Life - Section A


Public Affairs Colloquium 442 (online)


Course Summary

With far-ranging influences on commerce, education, news, entertainment, information dissemination and much more, the Internet has had an enormous impact on American society over the past decade. This course examines that impact with an emphasis on planning and public policy.



PAC 442 Internet and American Society


Summer 2006 -- Online

Course Description




Upon completion of the course, students will:


  • Understand the basic technology of the Internet; how it works
  • Understand the basic demographics of Internet use in the U.S.
  • Understand the social impact of the Internet in American society
  • Be able to discuss social, ethical and political issues surrounding advent of the Internet
  • Be able to discuss and the potential of the Internet to affect American society and policy
  • Be able to propose a new or changed policy to improve some aspect of the way in which Internet is used in America
  • Be able to discuss the future and potential of the Internet in America


Course Format


Students will use the Internet to access weekly lectures, required readings, site review materials, required discussion sessions, and present the final project via Blackboard.


Please contact the instructor via email or the discussion board if you have questions at any time. Online chat sessions or telephone consultations can be arranged. Instructor contact information is available via the Staff Information section of the online classroom.


Reasonable accommodations are available for students who have a documented disability. Please notify the instructor during the first week of class of any accommodations needed for the course. Late notification may cause the requested accommodations to be unavailable. All accommodations must be approved through the Office of Disability Services (ODS) in the Human Resources Building (HRB), Room 80, 217-206-6666. http://www.uis.edu/disabilityservices/ .




Discussion Board Each week please read the assigned readings (read the PDF files in each link on the syllabus). After completing the entire readings, please read and respond to the discussion questions or case studies that are posted for that week on the discussion board. Student participation in discussions and assignments will be presented on the Discussion Board. TWICE WEEKLY POSTINGS REQUIRED PLUS RESPONSES TO OTHER POSTINGS (see grading rubric)


Research Plan Develop a brief research process report describing HOW you will conduct research on a topic of your choice, including a review of ten WWW sites or print resources from the research sites list (SEE RESEARCH WEBSITES LINK ON LEFT COLUMN) or other analogous scholarly or validated (see grading rubric) sites that deal with the area or topic of the Internet's impact on American society that you have chosen for your final project. (to be posted on the Discussion Board) DUE July 6


Final Project Research Report-- A research term paper on a public policy issue chosen among those we cover in the class on Internet in American society, such as (but not limited to) the digital divide, Internet in education, online privacy, Internet taxes, online commerce, security in online communication and transactions, digital democracy, Internet and terrorism, online health resources, and music downloading. The 6 page equivalent paper is to conclude with a recommendation for a new or changed public policy to address the issue. The policy can be a new law, new ser

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