Telecommunications | Telecommunications Theory
T503 | 10386 | Grabe, M


T503 (10386) Telecommunications Theory
11:15AM-12:30PM TR
Betsi Grabe

T503, a required course for first year Telecommunications graduate
students, provides an introduction to the breadth of media research
and theory. Toward this end, T503 overviews a wide range of social
scientific and humanistic theories which guide media research. The
first part of the course reviews definitions of theoretical
concepts, including the process of systematic investigation itself,
and applies them to media research literature. The remainder of the
course explores specific theories and conceptual approaches.
Throughout the semester the seminar examines theories at different
levels of analysis (e.g. macro versus micro) and considers both
applied and theoretical aspects of mediated communication. Not all
of these theories and approaches will be directly applicable to
every studentís interests and goals. They are, however, foundational
for graduate-level media research. This seminar is thus designed to
(a) expose students to the broad range of scholarly expertise in the
department and in the field, and (b) serve as a foundation for
further intellectual exploration and development.