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.
Communication Studies SENIORS only
Seminar twice weekly for 1.5 hours each.