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COMM 3610 Communication, Technology, and Society

Instructor Contact:

Lori Poole, Ph.D.


Course Description:

This course examines the relationships between communication, technology, and society. We will investigate the role of technology in the ways we communicate, interact, and think about our world. For instance, we will discuss the how the mass media, virtual communities, online identities, texting, social networking technologies (e.g., Facebook), and mobile technologies influence everyday understandings of our world and ourselves. Overall, this course is designed to explore how communication technologies shape the ways we interact, as well as investigate how technologies are shaped by the ways we use them, appropriate them, and talk about them in everyday life.


The objectives of this course include: (1) understanding how communication technologies influence society and help shape cultural forms, (2) learning to critically reflect upon the technologies we use everyday rather than just use them as taken-for-granted tools, (3) gain in-depth knowledge of a particular technology of your choice via the final research paper.

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No Required Text


The points available for each component of the course are broken out as follows:

Discussion/Participation 200 points
Paper Proposal  100 points
Quizzes (3 x 100 pts each) 300 points
Paper draft/Peer editing 100 points
Final Research Paper 300 points
Total 1000 points


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