DescriptionThe learning objective of this course is to enhance the knowledge and analytical skills of the PhD students concerning policy and regulation in the area of communication infrastructures and the media. It is a course in the field of political science related to the specific application area of communication technologies and content. The topic of the course is defined by two dimensions: Communication infrastructures as well as media content are examined with respect to the broader sets of policies as well as the more specific regulations. This includes the role of policy and regulation, the forms of policy intervention, the processes of policy formulation, and the organizational and institutional structures. More specifically, the course addresses competition and interconnection issues, user rights and universal service questions, and problems regarding access to scarce resources at the infrastructural level. In the content and media area, focus is on the regulation of audio-visual media, copyright, and privacy questions. Furthermore, the course examines policies aiming at promoting the development of communication infrastructures and media content production. During the past two to three decades, technologies as well as markets and policies and regulations have tended towards converging in the IT and media areas. The policy and regulatory implications of such developments are examined in the course. This is a course which primarily is addressed to PhD students in the IT and media areas, but may also be taken by students from other fields of technology studies.
|Period||14 Mar 2011 → 17 Mar 2011|