COMM 3610 Communication, Technology, and Society

Instructor information

Name: Colleen Campbell


Virtual Office Hours: by email and appointment


Please reach out with questions to Dr. Christy Maurer (, the Communication Department’s Director of Online Programs.

About the Course

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. 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.


Meets Arts Sci Gen Eds: Diversity-U.S. Perspective & Distribution-Social Sciences

Requisites: Restricted to students with 57-180 credits (Juniors or Seniors)

Course Outline

In this asynchronous class, we will not meet for regularly scheduled class sessions. Your work across the semester is guided by the instructor through online materials, assignments, and feedback, as well as reaching them through office hours as needed. Some live meetings may be scheduled, offering you a variety for days and times to select from. You will take part in online regular class discussion boards to explore ideas and connect with peers.  This class expects your consistent and substantive contributions engaging with the materials, peers, and the instructor, by logging in to post across multiple days of every week.

Course materials and assignments are organized into units across the semester, through which you build knowledge and develop skills, culminating in the final project. Together, we explore communication in our world from a critical perspective, considering how interactions are affected by identities and ideologies. Here at CU, Communication classes strive to embody our CRAFT: Creativity in what we produce; Relational connections between people, communities, and ideas; Analytical in our understanding; Flexible across professional fields; and Transformative for society.


By the end of the course you should be able to:

  • Identify social, and technological developments and trends in the evolution of technologies related to communication
  • Explain how communication technologies influence society and help shape culture, and critically reflect upon the technologies we use every day as tools
  • Apply historical lessons to ethical and political controversies surrounding present-day communication technologies
  • Improve your research, writing, and critical thinking skills, as well as engage with ideas of your classmates

Required Texts

All readings for this course will be posted to or linked to on Canvas.


*assignment and weighted value may be adjusted to suit the needs of the class.

  • Reading Responses 20%
  • Weekly Discussions 25%
  • Object Criticism Essay 15%
  • Object Criticism Presentation 10%
  • Research Paper (across steps) 25%
  • Class Community Membership 5%

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Monday – Friday
9:00am to 4:00pm


We are located at the corner of University Avenue and 15th Street in a white brick building.


1505 University Avenue
University of Colorado Boulder
178 UCB
Boulder, Colorado