**This course is offered Mondays from 5-6:30pm**
The Internet’s ascendance as a space of novel innovation and increased ease of communication demands further inquiry into the ways in which hate has exponentially expanded on platforms and in online subcultures, often translating to real world violence. Now, with the rise of a globally networked society via the Internet, the proliferation and diffusion of radicalized hate speech has increasingly become depicted via jokes and memes, reflecting toxic internet subcultures in which hate speech––ranging from antisemitic tropes to outright xenophobia––has become more or less normalized. Hate speech, defined as speech that is intended to offend, insult, intimidate, or threaten an individual or group based on a trait or attribute, such as sexual orientation, religion, color, gender, or disability, has increasingly become prevalent on social media platforms. This course seeks to empower students to act as agents of change in confronting bigoted and hateful content online, ultimately working to understand how to make the Internet a safe and inclusive space for all people.
Students will become empowered to act as agents of change and critical consumers of online content by learning to spot misinformation, disinformation, and fake news on the internet. Students will also have the opportunity to critically engage with law, technology, policy professionals, and professors about their work regarding hate speech, and specifically antisemitism, in the online sphere.
Specific Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, students will:
Examine the ongoing legacy of hate speech, antisemitism, anti-Black racism, xenophobia, and and its manifestations in the age of technology
Analyze and evaluate the mutually reinforcing relationship between online hate and real world violence from an intersectional lens
There is one Speaker Analysis Paper, worth 30% of a student’s grade. This paper presents an opportunity for students to demonstrate their knowledge on specific topics relating to the intersection of hate speech and online technology. Students are required to choose both a speaker and a reading to reflect upon for their paper and must turn this reflection in within a week of the speaker’s presentation. This assignment should be three-pages double spaced in 12-point Time New Roman font.
Students must take the course on a P/NP basis and will need a total of 70 points across the two graded portions in order to receive a passing score for the course. However, TWO or more unexcused absences will result in an automatic grade of NP. Additionally, failing to complete the final reflection paper will result in a grade of NP.
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