Telecommunications | Living in the Information Age
T101 | 4947-4950 | Cronk, S.

Living in the Information Age is a required, foundational course for
new Telecommunications majors, but all students are welcome.  There
are several inter-related goals: to trace the development, survey
the literature, and to explore the impact of new technologies on
America's cultural landscape, examining both conceptual and
practical aspects of what “living in an information society”
actually means.  We will address such fundamental issues as the
national and international "digital divide"  and will map out global
communication infrastructures ranging from from telegraphs to
satellites.  Additionally, we'll discuss the broadcasting,  film and
videogames industries in terms of changing technologies and media
theories, and assess such controversial issues as First Amendment
rights, privacy and new media, and how robotics and cyborg
technologies are expanding our definitions of what it means to be
human. Emphasis will be placed on the internet and cyberspace as
these terms broadly relate to the Telecommunications industry, but
many other related technologies will be considered - especially how
these affect and are integrated into contemporary society.

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.