Class Description

Fall 2020

INF 390N Information Policy : Communication Law and Policy

Unique ID: 27326 Sharon Strover
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
BMC 4.212

DESCRIPTION

This topic examines the U.S. communication policy in light of domestic and international structural, economic and technological changes. We will investigate how notions of control, access and expression have changed during the 20th and the 21st centuries, examining communication policies and regulation against a backdrop of technological innovation. Our point of departure is that definitions of and debates on what constitutes the public interest intersect with policies for broadcasting, cablecasting, computer networks (the Internet) and various other telecommunications systems. The course begins by examining some of the framing documents and events that established expectations about how communications and telecommunications systems should function in American society and with what goals; the course pursues the events and shifts in broadcasting, cable, telephony, and network communication (particularly the Internet) history in order to discover how original conceptualizations have become wedded to marketplace notions.

PREREQUISITES

Graduate standing. Additional prerequisites may vary with the topic.

SCHEDULE NOTES

Cross listing of Journalism 395, hosted by the Department of Journalism.