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Media, Messages and the Cultural Landscape: Introduction to Communication Studies
0.50 Credit(s)
Academic Course
Prerequisite: 3.0 credits of first-year studio and 1.0 credit of first-year liberal arts & sciences (including the Writing course with a minimum passing grade 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 have taken SOSC 2B02, VISC 2B40, or VISM 2B40 may not take this course for further credit.
Notes: Course code change 2011-12
Cross-listing with SOSC removed 2012-13
Course code change 2012-13
Course was last updated May 4, 2012 - 11:06 AM