Telecommunications | Media History
T311 | 10692 | Hallett-Rupp, K

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,
telephony, radio, television, and computer communication.  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 within the context of the broader social, cultural,
and political American history. The second is to generally
familiarize students with the various perspectives that media
history can take. The third is for students to become critical
readers 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 they should be able to
analyze, interpret, and evaluate historical writings along criteria
that are appropriate to the discipline.

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
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