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Media, Messages and the Cultural Landscape: Introduction to Communication Studies
0.50 Credit(s)
Academic Course
Prerequisite: 1.0 Liberal Studies credits at the 100 level including the first year writing course with a minimum passing grade of 60% and an overall average of 60%.
This lecture course is designed to offer students critical and analytical skills to understand our complex media environment through the study of the basic principles, methodologies and topics relevant to Communications Studies. Students examine historical, economic, technological and policy perspectives that shape how we respond to and participate in a media landscape, with an emphasis placed on the Canadian context. Topics to be addressed include: theories of communications and media; public and private media; communications and nations; culture industries; media convergence; geopolitics of global communications; networks and communications; democracy and media; and consumers, identity and media.
Anti-requisite: Students who previously took VISC 2B40 for credit may not take SOSC 2B02 for further credit.
Notes: This course is also offered as VISC 2B40. You must decide which course category you wish this to be counted towards at the time of registration by registering for either SOSC 2B02 or VISC 2B40.
Course was last updated April 11, 2008 - 11:30 AM