Telecommunications | Living in the Information Age
T101 | 4206 | Bucy, E.

T101 enrolls students from all over the campus, including
prospective majors, minors, and beyond, and has become an
informal “gateway” course enrolling large numbers of undergraduates.
During the semester we will trace the development, examine the
content, and explore the impact of new technologies on industry and
society, reviewing both conceptual and practical aspects of our
changing information environment. The course is divided into
different thematic sections, each focusing on the relationships
between new communication technology and traditional media
industries, as well as the intersection of media, social life, and
individual psychology.

Living in the Information Age is intended to provide students with a
broad understanding of the social, cultural, and economic
consequences of new communication technologies and to encourage
critical thinking about “new media” generally. T101 serves as a
foundational course for Telecommunications majors. Through various
media-related assignments, students will learn to analyze the
evolving information ecology as it affects the media industries as
well as media audiences. Through course projects, students will
examine issues involving convergent media and the impact of
intensive new media use on consumers. There are a variety of
required readings for the course, /Living in the Information Age: A
New Media Reader, 2e/, Erik P. Bucy (Ed.) Belmont, CA: Wadsworth
Publishing, 2005, plus a selection of online reserve readings.

This course counts toward Social and Historical Studies distribution
requirements in the College of Arts and Sciences. It may, or may
not, also count toward other degree requirements. For more
information about which requirements this course could fulfill see
the College of Arts and Sciences Bulletin at . If you have
questions, or need additional help, see your academic advisor.