Telecommunications | Media History
T311 | 20712 | Hallett, K.

TEL-T 311
4:00pm - 5:15pm MW

T311 traces the development of electronically mediated communication
by examining a variety of time periods, identifying historical
trends and concentrating on variety of media forms: telegraphy,
radio, television, and computer communication.  The course will
require readings from textbook and web, group discussion, lecture,
and listening to and looking at examples of media programs.   T311
has several objectives. The first obvious objective is to survey the
history of electronic media from its beginnings in the 19th century
to the present. The second is to generally familiarize students with
the various perspectives that media history can take. The third is
to become a critical reader of historical writings. At the end of
this course, students will understand the major developments in
electronic media history and the factors that have influenced them.
They will also have a sense for how the electronic media have
influenced and been shaped by American society and culture. Students
will be able to distinguish between media histories that take a
technological, an institutional, a social/cultural, and a textual
perspective and have an understanding about what each perspective
can and cannot contribute to historical knowledge. And students will
be able to analyze, interpret, and evaluate historical writings
along criteria that are appropriate to the discipline.

Text:  Sterling, C., & Kittross, J. Stay Tuned (most recent edition).
Lawrence Erlbaum Associates and assorted web sites.

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.