History, culture, and social dynamics of the phenomenon of "virtual worlds" and their influence in turn on contemporary culture and society.
- Students will discover a new veracity, a new authenticity, and a new credibility for the virtual experience.
- They will learn to test, discern, and ground the "evidence" of their experience.
- They will discover where civilization is moving as a whole by confronting the “reality” of virtual reality, where it came from, and where it is going.
- They will engage the skills necessary to participate constructively and creatively in an increasingly "virtual" world—a world that demands their participation.