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Hacking and Open Source Culture
Course: IFS213

First Term: 2020 Spring
Lecture   3.0 Credit(s)   3.0 Period(s)   3.0 Load  
Subject Type: Academic
Load Formula: S- Standard

Description: Focus on the multi-dimensions of hacking and open source culture, including rule-breaking, innovation, and creative use of programming/technology. Social, economic, cultural, and political implications of hacking and technology, in historical and contemporary contexts will be addressed.

MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. Explain the history, concepts, and terms related to hacking and open source culture. (I, II)
2. Explore the interdependent relationship between hacking and open source software. (I, IV)
3. Evaluate the merits and demerits of open source software (including copyright issues). (II, III)
4. Analyze the role and impact of open source and open access as alternatives to traditional intellectual property law and policy. (II-IV)
5. Evaluate the implications of broader information sharing across a variety of mediums, including news, data, music, photographs, code, and texts. (II-VI)
6. Assess the influence of hacking and programming on current social, economic, political, technological, and cultural contexts. (IV-VI)
MCCCD Official Course Outline
I. History and definitions
   A. Hacking communities and hacker ethic
   B. Open source culture
   C. Open access
II. Open source software
   A. Intentions behind early projects
   B. Current developments
III. Academic perspectives
   A. Benefits
      1. Open access movement
      2. Open source code
      3. Copyright issues
   B. Challenges
      1. Open access movement
      2. Open source code
      3. Copyright issues
IV. Law and policy
   A. Intellectual property rights
   B. Software developments and licensing
   C. Net neutrality
V. Dimensions of influence
   A. Social
   B. Political
   C. Cultural
   D. Technological
   E. Economic
VI. Information exchange
   A. Social media
   B. Public perceptions
   C. Current trends and challenges
   D. Commodification of information
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date: October 22, 2019

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