Over the course of my college career, I’ve taken classes across NYU; I’ve studied marketing in the Stern School of Business, politics in the College of Arts and Sciences, communication theory in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, and public service in the Wagner School of Public Service. But quite possibly one of the most intriguing academic opportunities I’ve had has been the chance to take a number of tutorials within Gallatin. Tutorials are group independent projects – two to five students will spend the semester working together and with a professor of their choice to examine an issue or topic they find interesting. It’s a pretty unique opportunity to study almost anything you want to. During my time at Gallatin, I’ve had the opportunity to take three tutorials. The first two took place during my junior year; they were focused on social marketing, and ultimately led to the creation of “Are You Sustainable?,” a pilot project designed to promote environmental sustainability at NYU. The project ultimately fell apart for a variety of reasons, but it was quite an interesting experince nonetheless.
The third tutorial I’ve participated in has taken place during this semester. It’s title is the rather abmbitious “New Politics, New Media, and the Future of Democracy” (then again the first two were the equally ambitious “Advertising Democracy I and II). We’ve been focusing on the role of the Internet and other information and communication technologies (ICT) on politics, and over the course of the semester we’ve examined a number of diverse topics including the role of new media during the 2004 Howard Dean presidential campaign and President Obama’s campaign (and his first 100 days in office), network theory, and the role of ICT in civil conflict. Anyway, the whole point of this post is to discuss the class website, http://newmediatutorial.wordpress.com - it’s the place to go to read some of our work and take a look at what we’ve been working on. Also, if you go back far enough, you can even see some of videos taken from class discussions at the beginning of the semester.