Crown Core Course Sequence

Updated for 2019-2020

Crown College 1, Ethical and Political Implications of Emerging Technologies, introduces students to university-level thinking, reflection, and inquiry by actively engaging with texts, each other, and the Instructor.

The class is organized around topical modules related to the Crown College theme. Each week is devoted to one aspect of how emerging technologies are transforming our world. Examples include modules on: transhumanism, artificial intelligence, privacy-surveillance, globalization, challenges on a planetary scale, and impact on democracy.

Students will work through the texts by responding to specific prompts on Canvas (Canvas Discussion Posts), which will launch discussions and debates in class, both in small-groups and with the entire class. Students will read actively as participants in a guided conversation between text and reader, empowered to find meaning in the texts they read—reading with or against the grain. Students will form an opinion on what a text is advocating--its point of view, key concepts, purpose, and perspective. To record their personal engagement with the texts, strategies used to engage with texts, and how each text resonated with them, students will also keep a log.

Students will collaborate with peers from the very onset of the course. They will choose a research area and work on a research project within an affinity group of 5-6 students (i.e. with 5-6 students drawn to the same topic). This project will be scaffolded for topic selection and group members’ roles—with progress checkpoints and Group meetings with the Instructor. Each Research Group will present its findings at the end of the quarter and will have the opportunity to turn their project into a podcast by taking a 2-unit class in Winter that fulfills a PR-C general education credit.

Students will have the opportunity to hear authors and other relevant figures in the field speak through our plenary series at the Provost house and at our Social Fiction Conference in Winter https://crown.ucsc.edu/activities/social-fiction-conference/. They will also be able to enact a play based on George Orwell’s 1984 by taking Crown 96, 5-unit class offered in Winter, which fulfills a TA (textual analysis) general education credit. 

Remember to complete the 2-part summer assignment, which can be found here by the first day of class.

Fall 2019 Crown Frosh Plenary Sign Ups

Please sign up in the Crown Classroom Building, outside room 208
  • 10/3/19 Optional Plenary, 7:10-8:45 p.m. – Donna Haraway, author “The Cyborg Manifesto” – Interviewed by Nada Miljkovic, Crown Lecturer
  • 10/10/19, 7:10-8:45 p.m. -- Plenary Speaker: Mike Rotkin – “Capitalism, Consumerism, and i-Phones
  • 10/24/19, 7:10-8:45 p.m. -- Plenary Speaker: Ashok Bardhan – “Globalization”
  • 11/7/19, 7:10-8:45 p.m. -- Plenary – Kevin Bell – “Climate Change”
  • 11/21/19, 7:10-8:45 p.m. -- Plenary – Jessica Kolopenuk, Ph.D., Professor, University of Alberta – “The Murdered Indigenous Women’s Data Base”
  • 12/5/19, 7:10-8:45 p.m. – Plenary -- Science Fiction Awards – Mark Budz, SF Author, Clade