COMM 458 - Special Topics in Media Systems
Section: 009 Representing the Virtual
Term: WN 2009
Subject: Communication Studies (COMM)
Department: LSA Communication Studies
Credits:
3
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Consent:
With permission of department.
Advisory Prerequisites:
COMM 351 or 371 strongly recommended.
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

This course will take up the notion of "the virtual." What does it mean to be "virtual" as opposed to "real"? We live in a culture increasingly dominated by digital communication technology, and spend more and more of our time, both working at leisure, in "virutal worlds. How do we make sense of these worlds? How do digital communications technologies alter our fundamental relationships with others and with ourselves? The goal of this course is to examine how our notions of cyberspace, simultaion, virtuality and digital technologies more generally have influenced by and through popular culture.

COMM 458 - Special Topics in Media Systems
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
P
20581
Open
1
 
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Note: Section reserved for Communication Studies concentrators. Meets with Comm 458.002
002 (LEC)
P
11611
Closed
0
 
-
 
Note: Section meets with Comm 458.001
003 (LEC)
P
18719
Open
0
 
-
 
Note: Section reserved for Communication Studies concentrators. Meets with Comm 458.004
004 (LEC)
P
20634
Closed
0
 
-
 
Note: Meets with Comm 458.003
005 (LEC)
P
28787
Open
5
 
-
 
Note: Section reserved for Communication Studies concentrators. Meets with Comm 458.006
006 (LEC)
P
28788
Open
5
 
-
 
Note: Meets with Comm 458.005
007 (LEC)
P
29164
Closed
0
 
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Note: Section reserved for Communication Studies concentrators. Meets with Comm 458.008
008 (LEC)
P
29165
Closed
0
 
-
 
Note: Meets with Comm 458.007
009 (LEC)
P
29166
Open
16
 
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Note: Section reserved for Communication Studies concentrators. Meets with Comm 458.010
010 (LEC)
P
29167
Open
16
 
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Note: Meets with Comm 458.009
011 (LEC)
P
29168
Open
24
 
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Note: Section reserved for Communication Studies concentrators. Meets with Comm 458.012
012 (LEC)
P
29169
Open
24
 
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Note: Meets with Comm 458.011
013 (LEC)
 
29519
Open
17
 
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014 (LAB)
P
29520
Open
17
 
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Coursepack Location:
DOLLAR BILL COPYING
ISBN: 0312423136
Galatea 2.2 : [a novel], Author: Richard Powers., Publisher: Picador 1st Picado 2006
Required
ISBN: 1557534365
Thinking otherwise : philosophy, communication, technology, Author: David J. Gunkel, Publisher: Purdue Univ. Press 2007
Required
ISBN: 0553380958
Snow crash, Author: Neal Stephenson., Publisher: Bantam Books 2000
Required
ISBN: 0441569595
Neuromancer, Author: William Gibson., Publisher: Ace Books 1st Ace ha 1984
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 1573223077
Everything bad is good for you : how today's popular culture is actually making us smarter, Author: Steven Johnson., Publisher: Riverhead Books 2005
Required
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