Telecommunications | Telecommunications Policymaking
T321 | 16572 | Pierce, M.

Semester: Spring 2007
Course Code: T321
Class Number:  16572
Instructor: Matt Pierce
Name of the Course: Telecommunications Policymaking

Course Description:  T207 or consent of the instructor is a
prerequisite for this course.

The course objective is to understand how telecommunications
policies are made.  For example, how do decisions get made about
what we can hear on the radio or limitations on ownership of mass
media outlets?  T321 will analyze who makes U.S. telecommunications
policy and how technology, politics and the law interact to affect
those policies.  The course will provide a basic overview of U.S.
law and government.  Current telecommunications policy decisions and
controversies will be studied.

Students will participate in in-class discussions based on assigned
readings.  A variety of readings are assigned that explain how the
various policymakers function and to provide background about
current telecommunications policy issues.  The class will meet on
Mondays from 8:00am to 10:45am.

Grades will be based upon written assignments and a final exam.
This is an intensive writing section.

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.