This schedule is subject to change based on the interests and progress of the class. We’ll discuss any changes in class and you’ll receive an emailed reminder.
|Week 1||August 28||Introductions.
Just show up!
|Week 2||September 2||No class.
Labor Day holiday. Plan on working on your LR self-evaluation this weekend
|September 4||What is rhetoric? What is hacking?
READ: Excerpt from Everything’s an Argument
DUE: LR self-evaluation.
TOOL: Basic WordPress functions
|Week 3||September 9||Library resources and effective summarisation
READ: Levy, Hackers and TSIS Ch.2
|September 11||Hacking X Making. Incorporating and citing sources.
READ: O’Dell, “The maker movement isn’t just for hackers”; Doctorow, Makers pp.11-22; TSIS Ch.3.
REVIEW: EW pp.206-251
|Week 4||September 16||Women and Hacking.
READ: GeekMom, “The Hacker School Experience”; Toulmin, “Feminist Hackerspaces as Safer Spaces?”
DUE: Summary 1*We’ll also have a short visit from someone from the Bridging Disciplines Program.
|September 18||Hacking Objects. What is an annotated bibliography, anyway?
READ: Toilet Hacking; Car Hacking (Youtube link; watch the video and read the Forbes article linked in the description); Car Hacking — from the source
TOOL: Timeline JS
|Week 5||September 23||Hacking You.
READ: Any eight (8) articles from Lifehacker that appeared in the past week. They’re mostly short and you can cherry-pick short ones if you like.
Come prepared to discuss, explain, illustrate, demonstrate, share.
DUE: Summary 2
|September 25||What is hacking … again? Hacking Text / Hacking School.
READ: Burton, “Dear Students”; Hacking the Accident, “Introduction”; Hacking the Accident, “Dear Stunts”.
TOOL: Creative Commons; Fair use
|Week 6||September 30||Intro to Unit 2: “Analyse”.
What makes an argument effective? Understanding audience.
READ: Nothing! Spend your time on your annotated bibliography.
Come to class with a 50% complete draft of your annotated bibliography (4 articles)
|October 2||Ethos: Hacking Zuckerberg.
READ: Ethos — Everything’s an Argument pp.60-65. Zuckerberg — Ahmed for background; Shreatah (primary source).
Optional but interesting: ycombinator discussion; Feinberg on the aftermath
|Week 7||October 7||Ethos 2: Wikileaks and Chelsea Manning.
DISCUSS: Expectations for mid-term Learning Record.
|October 9||Pathos: Visual rhetoric with Anonymous.
READ: TSIS Ch.12.
DO: Come to class with a few pre-selected Creative-Commons licensed images, videos, music files that you think you can use to make an argument about your current favourite aspect of hacking. Bring your headphones — we have a set but folks typically prefer their own.
TOOL: Popcorn Maker.
|Week 8||October 14||Pathos 2: Hacker humour.
READ: Coleman, Hacking Freedom Ch 3, and poke around XKCD a bit
DUE: Summary of a hack
READ: Rosen, “Security Questions are a Joke”; Honan, “How Apple and Amazon Security Flaws Led to My Epic Hacking”.
REVIEW: Top 25 Passwords; Good Security Questions.
|October 17||Change your password by noon. Hacking Season Opens.|
|Week 9||October 21||Evidence: Introducing Logos
DUE: Hacked summary
|October 23||Logos 2
READ: Washington Post PRISM Collection; Snowden was a Hacker for the NSA; The NSA is doing what Google does; Edward Snowden is no traitor
|Week 10||October 28||Writing Workshop
BRING: Your current work-in-progress for this class — learning record, analysis paper, etc
DUE: LR mid-term self-evaluations.
|October 30||Workshop day: Hackasaurus
Before class, revisit your basic html (resource 1, resource 2).
|October 31||If you haven’t been hacked yet, post a clue on your blog or Twitter to help your hacker out|
|Week 11||November 4||Workshop day: Analysis paper peer review.
No assigned reading.
|November 6||Making an argument effective: audience 2.
No assigned reading.
We’ll also be discussing plans for the rest of the semester
DUE: Analysis paper version 1. (midnight by email; talk to me for paper)
|Week 12||November 11||Individual paper conferences – make an appointment|
|November 13||Intro to Unit 3: “Make”.
Making an argument effective: picking your moment.
DUE: Analysis paper version 2.
|Week 13||November 18||Hacking Season ClosesWorkshop day. TOOL: Hack This Site|
|November 20||Workshop day: Wikipedia.
READ: About Wikipedia (focus on ‘Strengths and Weaknesses’ and ‘Contribute to Wikipedia’).
Before class, please sign up for a Wikipedia account.
|Week 14||November 25||Workshop day: Final project peer review.
Last day for Sandbox Hack blog post
|November 27||Open Workshop for those still in town — bring anything you want to work on.
DUE: Final project version 1.
|Week 15||December 2||Presentations
Mandatory end-of-semester conferences today and Tuesday — come prepared to talk about your final assignments and your portfolio prep.
Last day for blog post responding to being hacked.
|Post-semester …||December 6||Last day of classes university-wide.
DUE: Final project version 2.
|December 9||DUE: LR final evaluation. Any last late papers.|