Telecommunications | Global Media Issues
T413 | 26950 | Terry, H.

413 Global Media Issues (3 cr.) S & H P: T207 with a grade of C or
higher, or consent of instructor. Advanced study of media from a
global perspective focusing on particulars, trends, or issues.
Topics vary. May not be repeated for credit.

As the College of Arts and Sciences bulletin says, this course
focuses of "particulars, trends, or issues.  Topics vary."  What
this means is that, to a large extent, we will decide exactly what
topics, trends, or issues to cover once I learn about the
composition of the class and its interests.

We will treat whatever we cover from a global perspective.  We might
take up issues of globalization of media content (spread of South
American reality TV show formats around the world).  We might
discuss global differences in access to "new media" and the
implications of these differences.  We might assess how the global
conversion to digital TV is coming (in the U.S., we are now expected
to switch in mid-February, 2009).

I will also want to get an idea of your prior international
interests and experiences.  We may organize the class by geographic
region if we have enough people with incoming interests in countries
throughout the world.

In other words, think about your global media interests before the
class starts, come ready to articulate them, and -- most likely --
I'll find a way to meet them through our course.

There will be two exams -- a midterm and a comprehensive final
exam.  In total, the exams will equal about 40% of the course
grade.  There will also be a required research paper.  I'll be very
flexible about topics so here's another place where you ought to be
able to pursue special interests or topics.  The paper, which will
probably be submitted in two steps, will equal 60% of the course
grade.  Both the substance and technical aspects of your writing
will be considered in grading written work submitted for TEL-T 413.
Good professional writing is expected.  Depending on the class size,
there may be class oral presentations (we can handle that if the
class doesn't go much over 20; more than that and they will be

Class attendance is also required.  More than four absences (equal
to two weeks of this class!) will severely adversely affect your
course grade.  A subset of class members (probably five) will be
randomly selected each day as class discussants.  They are expected
to be fully prepared to participate in (indeed lead) class
discussion.  Absences (or lack of preparation) on days when you are
selected as a class discussant will further adversely affect your
course grade.

I will follow IU's standard grading system, giving an "A" for
excellent work, a "B" for good work, a "C" for average work, a "D"
for poor but passing work and an "F" for work that is
unsatisfactory.  In the past,  the average grade in my senior-level
telecommunications classes has been about a 2.5 (between a B and a
C).  Most students, obviously, do "average" work.  A few will do
good work and justify "B" grades.  Only a few, most likely,  will do
truly outstanding work and earn "A" grades.

The prerequisite for enrolling in TEL-T 413 is satisfactory
completion (currently with a C- or better) of either TEL-T 207.  If
you will not have satisfactory completed at this class prior to the
start of the Spring, 2008 semester, you can contact me and seek my
permission to enroll (space permitting).   I will, however, be quite
strict about the completion of the prerequisites if you are a
telecommunications major or minor.  After all, majors and minors
must take TEL-T 207 anyway and you ought to finish it prior to TEL-T
413 so you get the most out of this class. I hope, however, that the
class will enroll at least some non-telecommunications majors and am
quite open to non-majors making a case to me that they are either
prepared for TEL-T 413 through other courses or experiences or that
they are willing to do some of the work related to TEL-T 207 so that
they can follow what we are doing in Global Media Issues.  To seek
permission to enroll in TEL-T 413 if you will not have fulfilled the
prerequisite, or to learn more about the class in general, please
contact me at

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 adviser.