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Computers, the Internet and Society


Fall 2024

Monday, September 9 – Friday, December 20, 2024


Student-Paced Course





How do computers and the internet work — and how do they work on us? This course is a comprehensive exploration of computing and information technology in the contemporary world. Students will investigate key concepts including algorithms, Turing machines, programming and code, the internet, servers and “the cloud,” mobile computing, and social media. Through readings, videos, hands-on projects and lively class discussions, students will engage not just with the technical foundations of the internet, but with its economic, social and political aspects as well. Whether you are a tech enthusiast or simply curious about the digital world, this course will empower you to become an informed citizen, a creative problem-solver, and a driving force in shaping the future. No prior experience is required.

Completion of this course requires regular access to a laptop or desktop computer with working microphone and webcam, as well as a reliable internet connection.

This Student-Paced course is a time-flexible course format that empowers students to complete rigorous and connected learning experiences while accommodating significant outside commitments, including travel, athletics, internships and camp. Students have full access to course materials and activities throughout the term. They work closely with teachers to set individualized weekly benchmarks to create accountability and build consistency. Students interact with teachers and peers via discussion threads, collaborative readings, video posts and other media. Students have the opportunity to meet live for orientation and introduction at start of term, progress check at midterm, and culminating presentations at end of term.


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Student-Paced Course