Thinking through Networking

Cameron Gokee
Day/Time Taught: 
198: MWF 12:00 – 12:50 pm; 199: MWF 1:00 – 1:50 pm
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What do the cells in your body, the actors in Hollywood, the national power grid, the World Wide Web, and the global economy have in common? Quite simply, they are networks. By drawing our attention to relations among people, places, and things, the concept of the network has in the past two decades opened up new ways of thinking about—and acting in—our increasingly complex world. In this course we will explore how networks take shape, evolve, and structure interaction through case studies from across the natural and social sciences. In so doing, we will critically consider how networks shape our everyday experience and participation in communities now stretching from our campus to the far corners of the globe.

Instructor Bio: 

Cameron Gokee (PhD, University of Michigan) is an anthropological archaeologist interested in how societies past and present engage with the material world—including tools, cultural media, buildings, and landscapes. Over the past decade, he has worked at a number of archaeological sites in West Africa to study medieval states, especially the Empire of Mali, and the impacts of globalization on rural villages over the past two thousand years. He also collaborates on a project that explores the “contemporary archaeology” of material culture and camp sites made and used by undocumented migrants today crossing from Mexico into southern Arizona. In his First Year Seminar courses, Cameron strives to bring the excitement of “the field” to campus through inquiry-based and experiential learning that gets students first asking critical questions about relations among people, things, and places, and then moving to address these questions through hands-on activities, field trips, and in-class debate

Contact FYS

The First Year Seminar is part of the General Education Program located in Anne Belk Hall, Room 250.

Phone: 828-262-2028

Our mailing address:
First Year Seminar
ASU Box 32065
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608

Director of First Year Seminar:
Dr. Martha McCaughey

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