Course Information

Fall 2011

Location: George Hall 213

Meeting times: Monday and Wednesday, 1:30-2:45pm

Instructor: Wayne Buente

Office: Crawford Hall 304
Office hours: Wednesdays, 3-5pm

Course Summary

Much of interpersonal communication today takes place as a mediated form. This mediated form uses a wide array of information and communication technologies (e.g., sms, chat rooms, instant messaging, social media, weblogs, email, and virtual worlds). To the extent that we believe technologies influence interpersonal communication, we seek to understand how information and communication technologies challenge traditional understandings of interpersonal communication. By examining a variety of disciplines (computer-mediated communication, human-computer interaction, traditional interpersonal communication, and mass communication), this course takes an informative look at the theory and practice of mediated interpersonal communication.