CA 610 (M1) - Communication Technologies and Culture

Communication Tech & Culture

Credits: 4.0
Term: Spring 2021 - UNHM Credit (15 weeks) (02/01/2021 - 05/11/2021)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   8  
CRN: 56584
The role of communication technologies in shaping cultural meanings and human consciousness. Covers the work of Innis, McLuhan, Ong, Postman, Carey and others to understand the historical development of shifting communication technologies and patterns of culture from orality to computer communication. Also explores the dynamic between mass culture and sub-cultural appropriations of media forms and content. Prereq: any two CA courses (excluding CA 501), one of which must have CMN 455 as a prerequisite or permission. Writing intensive.
Section Comments: Cross listed with CA 610.M2
Department Approval Required. Contact Academic Department for permission then register through Webcat.
Cross listed with : CA 610.M2
Only listed campus in section: Durham, Manchester
Attributes: Writing Intensive Course
Instructors: STAFF

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
2/1/2021 5/11/2021 T 1:01pm - 3:50pm PANDRA P380
Additional Course Details: 

A broad definition of culture would be that it is the symbolic process we use to learn about and organize our world. It is through culture that we give meaning, value, order, and a measure of predictability to the flux of objects, experiences, and interactions that make up daily life. This seminar investigates the influence of information and communication technologies on culture. To do this, we undertake a philosophical and historical examination of changing media practices and consider their impact on human values, behaviors and social relations; the structure of thought and knowledge in the public sphere; the nature of privacy, work, and the economy; and the boundaries between humans and machines, among other topics. Photograph: "Sculpture: OMG LOL by Michael Mandiberg / Eyebeam Art + Technology Center Open Studios: Fall 2009 / 20091023.10D.55420.P1.L1. / SML" by See-ming Lee (SML) is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Students who wish to attend in person should register for section M1. Students attending remotely should register for section M2.


One book is required for purchase in this course: "Work Mate Marry Love: How Machines Shape Our Human Destiny" (2020) by Debora L. Spar (Farrar, Straus and Giroux Publishers), ISBN: 9780374200039. Students are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to shop around for the best price on this book. Hardback or electronic copies at different price points may be available across multiple retail platforms (a paperback version of the book is not currently available). If you have ANY QUESTIONS, you may email me directly for more information.