Telecommunications | Honors Seminar in Media & Society
S451 | 21030 | Deuze, M.

TEL-S 451 Honors Seminar New Media and Society: Theory and Practice
Class Number 21030
4:00PM - 5:15PM TuTh
TV 169

For participation in S451 the consent of the Departmental honors
advisor is required. In this course the key authors in the field of
new media and society theory are examined from the perspective how
they inform and inpire us – as citizens of a global network society –
on the changing nature of living and working in a media-saturated
world. Students will gain an in-depth understanding of the
development, practice and reception of new media, as well as an
appreciation of the various ways in which ‘new’ and ‘old’ media are
similar and different in terms of what they are, how they are used,
and what role they play in everyday life. What we will especially
investigate is the worldwide emergence of a converging information
culture, impacting upon every aspect of our daily lives.

S-451 will be taught as an intensive discussion group; students will
be responsible for presenting the materials and bringing fresh new
perspectives to class. The required readings consist of key texts by
(or about) some of the key contemporary thinkers in the field of new
media, society, and culture (such as: Lev Manovich, Mark Poster,
Pierre Levy, Manuel Castells, Steve Jones, Zygmunt Bauman, Shelly
Turkle. Niklas Luhmann, Geert Lovink, John Thompson, Nick Stevenson,
Paul Virilio, and others). Grading will based on active
participation, a group research project report, and an individual
final paper.

To see which requirements, in the College of Arts and Sciences, this
course will fulfill consult the College Bulletin at
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