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Political Economy of International Communication

From 1999-2000 Course Catalog: Examines the political and economic foundations, structures, and processes of contemporary international and global communication.

From course syllabus: This course introduces graduate students to the political economy of International Communication. Using selected theoretical tools and empirical issues, it examines the political-economic foundations, structures, and processes of contemporary international and transnational communication developments. In keeping with the inter-disciplinary nature of the political economy tradition, this course makes use of the work of economists, sociologists, communication theorists, and, of course, international relations scholars. The overall goal this semester is to develop a relatively critical and holistic understanding of the subject at hand and, more importantly, convey the relevance of the political economy approach for both academic and non-academic modes of analyses.

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International and Comparative Communication Policies

From 1999-2000 Course Catalog: Examination of communication systems and policies at national, regional, and international levels; the role of international organizations in the formation and implementation of communication policies; political economy of information and transborder data flow.

From course syllabus: This is a required course in the International Communication graduate program in the School of International Service. The course is open to graduate students in SIS and in other schools, colleges, and departments of the University. International & Comparative Communication Policy is a research course which examines the governance structures of international information networks reflected in the growing and complex body of national and international policies, regulations, and laws. As communications networks become increasingly globalized, expanding to every region of the world and into every sector of economy, society, and culture, communication policy has become an increasingly significant aspect of international relations and international trade. The development of the Global Information Infrastructure through the convergence of technologies and digitization, and the internationalization of the Internet, has elevated to critical importance the cultural, political, and economic negotiations among nations and regions over governance, control, and development of the information infrastructure. It has also led to the expanded role of international organizations and institutions in the design of international communication policies for transforming infrastructure and content systems worldwide. The course provides a graduate-level survey of major contemporary developments in international policies for the Global Information Infrastructure. By means of course readings and independent original research, students examine: (1) the political, cultural and economic bases of international communication policies; (2) different national and international models of communication regulation; (3) specific policy sectors affecting the infrastructure and content industries; (4) significance of communication policy to democratic development, information rights of citizens, national interests, cultural sovereignty, state structure, and international trade.

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Foundations of Telecommunications for Managers

From 1999-2000 Course Catalog: Introduces future technology managers to the fundamentals, concepts, and terminology of telecommunications equipment and media, data communications, basic protocols, and network architecture.

From course syllabus: This course covers the principles, concepts and technologies of telecommunications and computer networks with emphasis on computer/data networking. It assumes no prior knowledge of computer networking, but does assume a working knowledge of desktop computing.

The course will introduce local area networking (LANs) and wide area networking (WANs). It will also discuss associated hardware and software, including media, communications protocols (e.g. TCP/IP) and operating systems (e.g. Novell Netware). It will focus predominately on the Internet and organizational LANs as examples of telecommunications networks. It will also provide an overview of the modern telecommunications industry and regulatory landscape in the United States.

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Communication, Social & Economic Development

From 1999-2000 Course Catalog: Examination of economic, communication, and development theories, the role of information and communication technology in social and economic development; transfer of technology and uses of communication in economic growth, social change, and national integration.

From course syllabus: Rapidly changing and converging technologies impact the rise of cross-national alliances and the growth of economic globalization. These trends set the scene for an examination of communication and social and economic development. Particular attention is paid to government policies in the context of increasing globalization and international competition as well as to administrative issues. Inter-organizational, institutional, knowledge/technology transfer and innovation diffusion perspectives are examined to understand better the complex change processes at work.

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Impacts of National Information Technology Environments on Business

From 1999-2000 Course Catalog: The globally competing firm faces different Information Technology (IT) environments in different nations. This interdisciplinary module covers IT management, development and trade issues tied to legal, cultural and policy frameworks. Exercises include country studies, policy debates and a term research paper.

From course syllabus: This course is about Information Technology at the country level -- which we call "The landscape of I.T." Students will gain the ability to conduct a national IT assessment for any nation and analyze the implications for the globally competing firm.

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Strategic Management in Multinational Corporations

From course syllabus: An analysis of corporate strategies in a rapidly developing and changing global environment. Emphasis will be placed on forecasting, planning, and contingency strategies. This course is taught by case method and stresses the environmental and institutional constraints on decision making within the organization.

The course emphasizes analysis of problems in managing joint ventures, licensing, barter, and technology transfer. Its goal is to provide an overview of the strategic management and international business concepts that frame strategic activity within MNCs through the analysis of competitive business strategies in global and multidomestic industries.

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Analysis of International Business Expansion - A Consulting Approach

From 2000-2001 Course Catalog: This course addresses five essential aspects of international business expansion: markets, products/services, business financing, organizational leadership, and competitive standing, all as seen in a global setting. Logical models for diagnosing and focusing on business problems and opportunities are presented. Real-life international business problems are analyzed from the perspective of consultants.

From course syllabus: The course adopts the consulting approach to plannning and implementing company policies for business expansion through foreign direct investment. Through a series of reality-based case studies, the assigned readings and class discussions will illustrate perspectives and techniques of the international management consultant - as applied to issues and situations across the business spectrum. Areas of discussion will include country analysis; market and product strategies; finance; organizational structures; and management systems. Students will examine critical issues in various industries and determine how actual problems were addressed in the international business world.

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Strategic Management of Global Information Systems

From 1999-2000 Course Catalog: The strategic role of global information systems and the management issues associated with planning, desiging and leading global information systems organization. Managerial responsibilities and tactics are presented through readings and case studies.

From course syllabus: The strategic role of global information systems and the management issues associated with planning, desiging and leading global information systems organization. Managerial responsibilities and tactics are presented through readings, cases, structured discussions and research projects.

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Global Telecommunications

From 1999-2000 Course Catalog: The foundation for understanding global commerce is becoming an informed consumer of the vast telecommunications infrastructure that is making it possible. Lectures and case studies are used to understand the industry players, competitive advantages via telecommunications, and telecommunications investment decisions int he global business environment.

From course syllabus: This class will introduce students to a variety of global telecommunication technologies and highlight the unique differences and service issues associated with each. The course will discuss issues and topics from a product management and service delivery perspective. Students will be asked to think-through various approaches to solving real and hypothetical operational problems involving ordering, provisioning, service delivery, billing, legal/regulatory, fault management/tech support, and change management.

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