COMM 460 - History of Technology and Modern Culture
Section: 001
Term: FA 2014
Subject: Communication Studies (COMM)
Department: LSA Communication Studies
Credit Exclusions:
No more than three credits can be elected from COMM 450-490.
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Enforced Prerequisites:
COMM 271 with minimum grade of C- or better. [Not available to students who have completed COMM 458; Topic: History of Media and Technology, Taken prior to FA13].
Advisory Prerequisites:
COMM 350 strongly recommended.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

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.

Intended Audience:

Communication Studies SENIORS only

Class Format:

Seminar twice weekly for 1.5 hours each.

COMM 460 - History of Technology and Modern Culture
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Note: Class reserved for Communication Studies seniors only. This course is a CAPSTONE seminar.
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ISBN: 9780226359335
Human-built world : how to think about technology and culture, Author: Hughes, Thomas Parke., Publisher: University of Chicago Press 2004
ISBN: 9780805205015
Television : technology and cultural form, Author: Williams, Raymond., Publisher: Schocken Books 1975
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780226853512
Theater of the mind : imagination, aesthetics, and American radio drama, Author: Verma, Neil.
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