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CAS 597 - Computer Mediated Communication

Professor: Andrew High
245 Sparks Building
Ph: (814) 863-3969
Email: ach208@psu.edu 

This seminar focuses on theory, concepts, and empirical findings related to computer-mediated communication (CMC), and most, although not all readings will approach these issues through the lens of interpersonal communication. The course will begin by defining what CMC is and what scholars of CMC are interested in studying. After that, the course readings concentrate on the major theories and research foundations in scholarship on CMC.

Course Objectives

  1. Gain an in-depth understanding of traditional and contemporary theories that apply to the study of computer-mediated communication (CMC)
  2. Familiarize yourself with the major trends and researchers involved in CMC
  3. Understand how CMC influences several processes of interpersonal communication
  4. Integrate principles, concepts, and theories of CMC to produce original research ideas
  5. Participate and converse with classmates about issues relevant to the study of CMC