Sociology 530z

Comparative History of Communications and Culture

Professor Paul Starr

Fall 1997
Tuesday, 1-4 p.m.

This mini-seminar (first half of semester only) will explore the comparative history of literacy, the print media, broadcasting, telecommunications, and computer networks and their relation to variations in political systems, economic development, and culture.


Auditors will be expected to do the readings for each class and give at least one oral presentation.

Students taking the course for credit will be expected to make an oral presentation on one of the readings at each session. They have two options for written work: (1) a series of five 2-3 page weekly memos on course readings; or (2) a 10-15 page paper due after the fall break.

Availability of readings

Books and articles will be kept on reserve in the graduate student reading room in Firestone.
A packet of readings will also be available.

Last modified, August 10, 1997.
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