Courses

My courses deal with the interplay between new media and society. I also teach qualitative research methodology and theories of communication. It is hard to play the expert in an area of crazy dynamics such as mine, but my students have been largely understanding and have played along beautifully.


University of Calgary
Simon Fraser University
IT University of Copenhagen
c Södertorn University
COMS 613

Communication and Cultural Theory

This course is intended to provide an introduction to some of the central theoretical perspectives in the study of communication and culture. Students will be familiarized with the intellectual roots of various theories and will use theories to analyze and critically engage current issues.

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PhD Course (2011)

Citizenship in the Digital Republic

This course brings together four thematic threads with a common focus on the concept of citizenship in a society characterized by the thorough penetration of digital information and communication technologies in all spheres of life.

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PhD Course (2011)

New Media and Citizenship in the Contemporary Mediapolis

An examination and exploration of the intersections and interplay between the new media, typically those based on the Internet, and traditional media outlets (newspapers, radio, television, books) from the perspective of citizen involvement and participation in the public sphere of European societies.

 
COMS 615 (2012, 2013)

Communications Research Methods

Theories, concepts and research findings of the social sciences relevant to mass communications. Emphasis on the role and function of mass media in modern society and the structure and diffusion of message systems.

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COMS 623 (2005)

Social & Economic Impacts of Communication & Information Technologies

This course will consider several brands of social theory as possible frameworks for understanding the social genesis and impact of information and communication technology. These theories include (1) social studies (sociology) of technology; (2) political economy; (3) philosophy of technology; (4) cultural studies; (5) feminist studies of technology.

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COMS 717 (2002)

Studying Virtual Societies: Methodologies and Findings

The provocative term "virtual societies" is used to refer to societies heavily permeated by information and communication technologies. The goal of the course will be to go beyond the widespread speculations about what these societies may be like and to examine empirical evidence accumulated through research.

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COMS 591 (2012, 2013)

Capstone Seminar: New Media and Citizenship

The media environment of contemporary societies is undergoing substantial change. One of the key elements of this transformation is the use of new media by citizens, acting as individuals and groups, for putting out their concerns to the attention of the larger public and the policy-makers of their respective countries as well as the international community.

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COMS 591

Capstone Seminar: New Media Studies in Action

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COMS 401

New Media and Society

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COMS 380 (2002)

History of Communication and Information Technology

This course examines the interplay between communication technology and society in historical and contemporary perspective. It surveys major technological developments in the history of human communication from Neanderthal bone etchings to the Internet and mobile phones and uses theory to understand their social origins and impacts on social organization and everyday life.

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GNST 341 (2001)

Information Technology and Society

This course examines the social, political, economic and cultural implications of information technology. It involves intensive reading of seminal and contemporary scholarly works in the area of social studies of technology..

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CMNS 253

Introduction to Communication Technology: The New Media

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