Telecommunications | Current Issues in Telecommunications
T480 | 26659 | McGregor, M.

TEL-T  480  Current Issues in Telecommunications
Class number   26659
Michael A. McGregor

P:  Senior status and Telecommunications major

Course Objectives
This course was created to give Telecommunications students a senior-
level capstone experience that ties together themes, methods, and
concepts from all three areas of study:  Media and Society, Design
and Production, and Industry and Management.  This is done through
in-depth consideration of current issues facing media and media
audiences.  By the end of the semester students should have a better
understanding of the breadth of the field of telecommunications and
have more refined tools for analyzing and finding creative solutions
to contemporary media problems.

This section of T480 is designated as an intensive writing section.
Thus, a further objective of this course is to improve writing and
composition skills.  Accordingly, writing instruction will be
emphasized throughout the course.

Class format
Because this is an intensive writing class, enrollment is capped at
25.  Most class sessions feature a combination of lecture and

Students will be evaluated based upon performance on six writing
assignments, a final examination, and class participation.

This class fulfills the following Telecommunications and COAS
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.

COAS Intensive writing requirement

Required Texts
1.  Robert McChesney, The Problem of the Media, Monthly Review
Press, 2005.

2.  Alexander and Hanson, Taking Sides:  Clashing Views in Mass
Media and Society, McGraw-Hill, 2007.

3.  Broadcasting & Cable Magazine

4.  Communications Headlines service provided by the Benton
Foundation.  Go to, then to the Communication link.
There you will be able to access the daily communications headline