COMM 460 - History of Technology and Modern Culture
Section: 001
Term: WN 2019
Subject: Communication and Media (COMM)
Department: LSA Communication and Media
Credit Exclusions:
No more than three credits can be elected from COMM 450-490.
Waitlist Capacity:
Enforced Prerequisites:
Declared Communication Studies seniors ONLY.
Advisory Prerequisites:
COMM 271 or COMM 350 strongly recommended.
May not be repeated for credit.
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This capstone seminar draws on cultural history, media and cultural studies, sociology, and science and technology studies (STS) to explore the historical emergence of a variety of mediated technologies as well as social and cultural theories of the effects of technology on everyday life. Using theoretical literature and case study reading, we will consider interdisciplinary approaches to the study of mediated technology, society, and culture. Along the way, we will identify and analyze the problem of user-technology relations as conceptualized by historians of various methodological and theoretical orientations. The goals of the course are to give students an introduction to a methodological range of cultural and historical analyses of communication technology and culture, and to prepare students for further historically informed research.

Course Requirements:

This is a discussion-driven seminar. Students must read assigned material in advance of each class meeting and arrive with discussion questions. Attendance is required. Tardiness or chronic absenteeism is unacceptable. Students will be asked to introduce and help lead one class discussion. Grades will be based on class participation/preparation (15%), a critical essay (25%), a midterm (20%), and a final research paper and presentation (40%).

Intended Audience:

Communication Studies SENIORS only

Class Format:

Seminar twice weekly for 1.5 hours each.

COMM 460 - History of Technology and Modern Culture
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001 (SEM)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Note: Capstone reserved for declared Communication Studies seniors only.
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