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Minor Concentration Communication Studies (18 credits)

Offered by: Art History & Communication Studies     Degree: Bachelor of Arts and Science

Program Requirements

The Minor Concentration Communication Studies provides undergraduate students with a critical understanding of the role that communications media and communication technologies play in a society. It offers students intellectually challenging and innovative instruction in key traditions of Communications and Media Studies and new theoretical and methodological practices being developed in the field. The courses included in the program focus on issues of the relationship between communication, democracy and urban life, the social life of communication technologies, the historical development and transformation of media and communication forms, institutions, practices and technologies, and the mass media representation and mobilization of social difference.

Required Course (3 credits)

  • COMS 210 Introduction to Communication Studies (3 credits)

    Offered by: Art History & Communication Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Communication Studies : The social and cultural implications of media. Surveys theory and case studies relevant key issues such as the ownership, structure and governance of media industries; the significance of emergent media technologies; and the roles of media as cultural forms and practices.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Jonathan Sterne (Fall)

    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken ENGL 278 or ENGC 210

Complementary Courses (15 credits)

Five courses in Communication Studies selected from:

  • COMS 200 History of Communication (3 credits)

    Offered by: Art History & Communication Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Communication Studies : The social and cultural implications of major developments in communications from prehistory to the electronic era. Thematic and conceptual introduction to the underlying media technologies and to some key issues and practices of historical thinking about their role in society.

    Terms: Winter 2013, Summer 2013

    Instructors: Alexandra Gibb (Winter) Alexandra Gibb (Summer)

    • Restriction: Not open to students who have ENGC 200.
  • COMS 230 Communication and Democracy (3 credits)

    Offered by: Art History & Communication Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Communication Studies : Introduction to investigation of the relationship between communication, media practices and democracy. Examines the role of media and communication in existing and emerging democratic contexts, and the challenges of constructing and maintaining a democratic media and communication environment on the domestic and international levels.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Darin Barney (Fall)

  • COMS 300 Media and Modernity in the 20th Century (3 credits)

    Offered by: Art History & Communication Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Communication Studies : An overview of the growth and impact of 20th century media such as radio, television, cinema and the mass-circulation press; their role in shaping the technological, socio-political and aesthetic dimensions of urban modernity.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: One of the following: COMS 200, COMS 210, or COMS 230 or permission of the instructor.
  • COMS 310 Media and Feminist Studies (3 credits)

    Offered by: Art History & Communication Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Communication Studies : Introduction to feminist studies of the media. Impact of feminist and queer theory on media studies; current issues about gender in the media. Emphasis will be placed on critical analysis of media representations of gender in relation to other social differences, such as race, class and sexuality.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Carrie Rentschler (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: One of the following: COMS 200, COMS 210, COMS 230, SDST 250, WMST 200, PHIL 242 or permission of the instructor.
  • COMS 320 Media and Empire (3 credits)

    Offered by: Art History & Communication Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Communication Studies : The relationship between mass media and empire-building, as well as the role of mass and alternative media in anti-imperialism movements. Topics may include: Print technologies and the British Empire; shipping technologies, industrialization and the slave trade; new media and the anti-war and anti-globalization movements.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: One of the following: COMS 200, COMS 210, or COMS 230 or permission of the instructor.
  • COMS 330 Media in Cultural Life (3 credits)

    Offered by: Art History & Communication Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Communication Studies : Introduction to a range of theories and qualitative methods in communication studies for the critical analysis of media practices in cultural life.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Emily Raine (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: One of the following: COMS 200, COMS 210, or COMS 230 or permission of the instructor.
  • COMS 340 New Media (3 credits)

    Offered by: Art History & Communication Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Communication Studies : Critical analysis of new media from cultural, philosophical, technological and institutional perspectives.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Christine Mitchell (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: One of the following: COMS 200, COMS 210, or COMS 230 or permission of the instructor.
  • COMS 350 Sound Culture (3 credits)

    Offered by: Art History & Communication Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Communication Studies : Analysis of sound culture, including sonic and audiovisual media, sound art and architecture, sound in everyday life, sonic institutions and theoretical accounts of the role of sound in communication.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: One of the following: COMS 200, COMS 210, COMS 230 or permission of the instructor.
  • COMS 354 Media Studies of Crime (3 credits)

    Offered by: Art History & Communication Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Communication Studies : Critical analysis of the social construction of crime from the perspectives of its visual culture and representation in popular, historical and new media forms.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: William O Straw (Winter)

    • This course is sometimes cross-listed with ARTH 353 when taught as "Visual Culture of Crime" by Prof. Will Straw.
    • Prerequisite: One of the following: COMS 200, COMS 210, or COMS 230 or permission of the instructor.
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken or are taking ARTH 353 when topic is "Visual Culture of Crime".
  • COMS 361 Selected Topics Communication Studies 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Art History & Communication Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Communication Studies : Study of a special field in media theory.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Enid Coleman (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: One of the following: COMS 200, COMS 210, or COMS 230 or permission of the instructor.
    • Topic will change depending upon term and instructor
  • COMS 362 Selected Topics Communication Studies 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Art History & Communication Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Communication Studies : Study of a special field of critical inquiry into media and/or technological practices.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: One of the following: COMS 200, COMS 210, or COMS 230 or permission of the instructor.
    • Topic will change depending upon term and instructor
  • COMS 400 Critical Theory Seminar (3 credits)

    Offered by: Art History & Communication Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Communication Studies : The tradition of critical social theory as it has influenced the field of media and communication studies. Strains of critical theory studies may include: Marxism; the Frankfurt school; poststructuralism, deconstruction and postmodernism; feminism; cultural studies, postcolonialism and critical race theory.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Prerequisites: One of the following 200-level courses: COMS 200, COMS 210, COMS 230 AND one of the following 300-level courses: COMS 300, COMS 310, COMS 320, COMS 330, COMS 340, COMS 350, COMS 354, COMS 361, COMS 362, COMS 365 or permission of the instructor.
  • COMS 410 Cultures in Visualization (3 credits)

    Offered by: Art History & Communication Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Communication Studies : Analysis of imaging technologies in their cultural contexts. Focus on different traditions of visual representation through the investigation of artistic and scientific visualization practices.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Prerequisites: One of the following 200-level courses: COMS 200, COMS 210, COMS 230 AND one of the following 300-level courses: COMS 300, COMS 310, COMS 320, COMS 330, COMS 340, COMS 350, COMS 354, COMS 361, COMS 362, COMS 365 or permission of the instructor.
  • COMS 425 Urban Culture & Everyday Life (3 credits)

    Offered by: Art History & Communication Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Communication Studies : Explores how popular and artistic cultural texts interrogate the dimensions of urban culture that shape everyday life, such as transnationalization/ globalization; gentrification, migration and other displacements; the proliferation of mobile media and communication technologies; and the political mobilization of fear and anxiety about violence and terrorism.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Prerequisites: One of the following 200-level courses: COMS 200, COMS 210, COMS 230 AND one of the following 300-level courses: COMS 300, COMS 310, COMS 320, COMS 330, COMS 340, COMS 350, COMS 354, COMS 361, COMS 362, COMS 365 or permission of the instructor.
  • COMS 490 History and Theory of Media (3 credits)

    Offered by: Art History & Communication Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Communication Studies : Emergent themes in media history and media theory, and their application to current issues in communications studies.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Paulina Maria Mickiewicz (Winter)

    • Prerequisites: One of the following 200-level courses: COMS 200, COMS 210, COMS 230 AND one of the following 300-level courses: COMS 300, COMS 310, COMS 320, COMS 330, COMS 340, COMS 350, COMS 354, COMS 361, COMS 362, COMS 365 or permission of the instructor.
  • COMS 491 Media, Communication & Culture (3 credits)

    Offered by: Art History & Communication Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Communication Studies : Emergent themes and issues in cultural approaches to media and communication studies.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Prerequisites: One of the following 200-level courses: COMS 200, COMS 210, COMS 230 AND one of the following 300-level courses: COMS 300, COMS 310, COMS 320, COMS 330, COMS 340, COMS 350, COMS 354, COMS 361, COMS 362, COMS 365 or permission of the instructor.
  • COMS 492 Power, Difference and Justice (3 credits)

    Offered by: Art History & Communication Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Communication Studies : Media systems and their role in social relations of power and difference that are maintained and challenged through communication practices.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Jonathan Sterne (Fall)

    • Prerequisites: One of the following 200-level courses: COMS 200, COMS 210, COMS 230 AND one of the following 300-level courses: COMS 300, COMS 310, COMS 320, COMS 330, COMS 340, COMS 350, COMS 354, COMS 361, COMS 362, COMS 365 or permission of the instructor.
  • COMS 495 Directed Reading (3 credits)

    Offered by: Art History & Communication Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Communication Studies : Directed reading in a specialized area of communication studies to be undertaken with the guidance of an instructor with relevant expertise in the area.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • 3 credits at the 200-level and 3 credits at the 300-level in COMS courses and permission of the instructor
  • COMS 497 Independent Study (3 credits)

    Offered by: Art History & Communication Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Communication Studies : Independent study of a particular topic in communication studies taken under the supervision of an instructor with relevant expertise in the area.

    Terms: Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Summer 2013

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • 3 credits at the 200-level and 3 credits at the 300-level in COMS courses and permission of the instructor
  • COMS 510 Canadian Broadcasting Policy (3 credits)

    Offered by: Art History & Communication Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Communication Studies : Key issues in the history and evolution of radio, television and new media in Canada. The legislative and regulatory framework of Canadian broadcasting, the relationship between public and privately-owned media, the emergence of new media, and the efforts of interest groups to influence the direction of the Canadian media system.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Marc Raboy (Winter)

    • Course intended for senior undergraduates and graduate students with a specialized interest in Canadian broadcasting policy.
    • Prerequisites: 3 credits of COMS coursework at the 200-level, 3 credits of COMS coursework at the 300 or 400-level, or permission of instructor.
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