Communication Technology and Society focuses on the influence of social, political, and cultural forces on the design and configuration of communication technologies. It also considers how these technologies shape the ways we interact, build relationships, form communities, exchange information, engage in politics and governance, and do business.
The faculty listed below emphasize this area of study in their teaching and research, though most have additional areas of expertise. This list is not exhaustive, as many University of Washington faculty outside the Department of Communication also teach courses and conduct research in this area.
Undergraduate students who wish to learn more about communication technology and society can enroll in the Department of Communication courses listed below.
COM 300: BASIC CONCEPTS OF NEW MEDIA
COM 301: NAVIGATING INFORMATION NETWORKS FOR MASS MEDIA
COM 302: THE CULTURAL IMPACT OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
COM 322: GLOBAL COMMUNICATION
COM 342: MEDIA STRUCTURE
COM 343: EFFECTS OF MASS COMMUNICATION
COM 401: TELECOMMUNICATION POLICY AND CONVERGENT MEDIA
COM 402: NEW MEDIA AS VIRTUAL COMMUNITIES
COM 407: COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY AND POLITICS
COM 441: UNITED STATES MEDIA HISTORY
COM 442: HISTORY OF MEDIA TECHNOLOGY AND REGULATION
COM 466: DIGITAL JOURNALISM