Course Offerings

Communication, Culture & Technology students design their own curricula with the guidance of faculty advisors. Students must take three required courses: CCTP-505, CCTP-506, and a research methods course. The rest of their curriculum is made up of electives which may include additional research methods courses). While electives are usually CCT courses, students may also take courses offered elsewhere at Georgetown University or even at other DC-area universities. These options require the approval of Ai-Hui Tan, CCT’s Director of Academic Affairs. See CCT M.A. Requirements for more about building a curriculum.

For information about CCT courses or to see courses offered elsewhere on campus, students may search the Registrar’s Schedule of Classes.

Required Courses

Research Methods

Through this broad-based qualitative methods course, it gives you the chance to learn different approaches to analyzing unstructured data. These approaches can include textual analysis, content analysis, and rhetorical analysis. Additionally, data collection can include observation, interview, and focus groups. You will practice these methods for collecting data, analyzing and forming conclusions multiple times throughout the semester.

Other CCT electives

A makerspace is a collaborative work environment inside a school, library, or separate public/private facility, typically equipped with a range of fabrication tools for making a wide variety of materials and media. In this course students will learn not only the “hard” skills of design and fabrication with a wide range of tools, but also the “soft” skills of empathy, communication, and collaboration necessary for innovation. This course will provide hands-on, practical learning opportunities through skill-building and volunteer service in the Georgetown Maker Hub.

Control of digital infrastructure has become a proxy for political power, mediating so much of importance in society from national security and the global economy to individual human rights and the future of truth. Public policy at these cyber control points is technically complex and carried out by a combination of governments, technical design communities, global coordinating institutions, and the rising power of private actors such as network operators and social media companies. Students taking Global Cyber Policy will examine the debates, technologies, and stakes of the global cyber policy flashpoints constructing our modern society.

Whereas artists, engineers, and designers used to use pen and paper to draft their designs, they now look towards graphic and computer aided design softwares to simplify and speed up their workflow. Similarly, makers and creators now utilize digital fabrication machines such as 3D printers, laser cutters, and CNC routers to directly turn their digital ideas into physical creations. In this course, students will be introduced to and engage with all aspects of the design and fabrication process, developing hands-on skills with several design softwares and digital fabrication machines.

This course examines contemporary policy issues in the governance of content moderation by social media companies. It includes an overview of the traditional justifications for a regime of free expression and critiques of free speech as an abstract value, how governments regulate social media content moderation in the U.S., Europe, and China, and special issues in contemporary content moderation regulation including transparency requirements, dispute resolution systems, legal liability for social media, regulation of social media algorithms, political pluralism in social media and First Amendment obstacles to effective social media regulation.

This course will examine a global phenomenon that has taken on massive proportions in the world – the spread of disinformation. We will explore types of false information from misinformation to disinformation to propaganda. Additionally the course will cover the basics of psychological safety including stress management especially as it relates to constant exposure to propaganda and disinformation.

This course is a survey of the internet in China. Students will explore the social, political, economic, historical, and cultural implications of this unique corner of cyberspace.

How has the use of communication technologies changed the nature of organizational work and individual interactions? This course will explore the changing nature of presence with the use and diffusion of communication technologies and their impact on how organizations and individuals interact. The first half of the course will focus on the way that organizations need to communicate internally and the second half of the course will focus on external messaging. As organizations continue to navigate hybrid and virtual options, understanding how communication is practiced is critical.

This overview of important theories in communication provides you with frameworks and explanations of communication practices within a variety of settings including interpersonal, organizational, mass communication, and mediated contexts. Whether you are interested in pursuing positions in industry or in research, these theories are the building blocks of all communication practices.

The purpose of this course is to equip students with the tools to identify and articulate the impacts of large firms in the tech industry. The course will cover the history of American antitrust laws, issues that intersect with antitrust policy, and the 116th United States Congress’s investigation of four major tech firms: Facebook, Google, Apple, and Amazon. Throughout this course, we will practice communicating complicated antitrust policies for non-expert audiences.

In this course you will use the language of new media to present your academic and professional identit(ies) by understanding your own story, crafting that story for key identified audiences, and telling that story with new media languages. You will develop a rich, outward-facing digital presence that will reflect your growth, learning, and expertise in ways designed to appeal to identified stakeholders.

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