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Wanda V Gregory
BIS 490
Bothell Campus

Senior Seminar

Study of special topics in interdisciplinary arts and sciences. Prerequisite: BIS 300.

Class description

Who really is a hacker? Are they the dark villains often portrayed in the media or are they misunderstood computer geniuses? Are they all males or are there female hackers? What is the history behind the stereotypes of these seemingly mysterious individuals? In this seminar, we will look at hackers and their culture thorough books, movies, television, games and of course the Net. We will look at the role they play in our society today. We will also look at questions of privacy, access and freedom of information through the role of the hacker. The goal of the class is for students to have a real understanding of what it means to be a “hacker" past, present and future.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Class readings, outside and in class viewings of film and television, in class discussion.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Weekly blog posts, research and response papers.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Wanda V Gregory
Date: 05/06/2013