This blog is the main course management system for the class, and contains all assignments, readings, policies, handouts, projects, and a collaborative blog where students will post the majority of their assigments. Check out the tabs at the top of this page for these materials.
For more information or questions, email Dr. Adrienne Shaw at adrienne [dot] shaw [at] temple [dot] edu.
The course number: MSP 4541
When/Where: W 5:30-8pm, 414 TUCC
Professor: Dr. Adrienne Shaw
My Office: 203a Annenberg Hall
My Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 1-2 pm (in office or on Skype/Gchat), or by appointment.
Mobile technology is an increasingly important tool for modern communication. This course will take a critical exploration of the role of mobile communication in public life, in part by having students design their own mobile media. Throughout the course, we will explore the societal impact of mobile communication so that students can gain a deeper intellectual understanding of mobile communication in public life and its impact on issues such as social interaction, identity, privacy, sense of place, and surveillance. During the class examples of mobile media applications and services will be introduced. The course consists of conceptual and theoretical teachings, but also includes many practical and hands-on elements in the form of demonstrations of real-life mobile applications, conducted studies and projects. To teach preliminary practical mobile media production skills there will be exercises in mobile application concept design and in mobile application research.
During the course students will engage in blogging, microblogging, field research, design projects, and research writing. These assignments are meant to both embed them in the use of the technologies they will be analyzing as well as develop a broad set of communication skills.
Header image credit: Gary Lerude (2012) “Cell Phone Tower”