All students in the RAP come together to participate in this interactive seminar–taught by Faculty Director Diane Sieber–on Information Technology and Global Communications. This 3-credit course fulfills 3 credit hours of the College of Engineering Humanities and Social Sciences requirement. The course will take place in both English and other languages, adjusted to the needs of class members. In this course, we will consider what it means to be engineers and active citizens in a networked digital age. We will examine how your digital devices work, and how they affect how you interact with others. We will look at digital rights management, government regulation of IT and the legal and personal implications of being public on the web, and we will consider the concept of privacy as a recent societal value. We will examine the big thematic thread of the search for authentic information, whether in digital imagery, viral video, or sound formats. The largest portion of the semester will be dedicated to the examination of IT’s modification of our social behavior, and of our means of gathering, interacting with, producing, displaying and using information. We will consider who we are and who we become in social networks, online games, virtual worlds and global collaborative networks. Most fundamentally, we will explore the question of what it means to be human in a rapidly-changing world. You will also get hands-on experience using the basic global collaboration tools used in engineering firms, learn to “read” the cultural cues of colleagues in other countries, and develop your own professional telecommunications presence and style. Finally, you will examine your online presence, clean up anything you find that does not reflect who you think you are, and develop the public professional identity that you wish to project as an engineer.