Politics, Identity, and Resistance - Intro to Smartphone Studies

CLLC-L 120 / CLASS 33359 — Fall 2020

Foster Shea 012B
Days and Times
Tu/Th 2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m., 3 credits
Course Description

This class is an in-depth study of the smartphone. We will approach the smartphone as a global web of interlinked processes that involve social relations, cultural practices, economic forces, political motivations, historical developments, material requirements, and technological advances. Throughout the semester we will explore the smartphone’s origins, its evolution, the business models that sustains it, the materials of which it is composed, the forms of labor required to produce it, the infrastructures that enable it to function, the social and cultural practices it has inspired, and the political issues that it raises.


Instructor: Cole Stratton

Collins Seminars: Selected by Board of Educational Programming (BOEP)