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Media Studies 1010 Introduction to Media Studies I View Details
An introduction to the critical analysis of print and text based media. Topics include: ownership and control of media production, techniques to attract audiences, media reception by diverse audiences, intellectual property rights, and the construction of social issues in global and Canadian media. Students will survey media and communications research methods and theories, analyzing the power of language in media.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; 0-0
Course Classifications:
  • Type A: Humanities
  • Type B: Social Sciences

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Media Studies 1030 Introduction to Media Studies II View Details
An introduction to the critical analysis of visual media. Topics include: ideologies and issues of power in visual representation with an emphasis on race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, disability and age, from a social justice perspective. Students will analyze new media, photography, advertising, film, video and TV news, as well as intermedia, multi-media and re-mediated visual texts, to investigate visual media in relation to society, culture and the arts.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Media Studies 1010 or permission of the instructor
Offering: 0-0; 3-0
Course Classifications:
  • Type A: Humanities
  • Type B: Social Sciences

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Media Studies 1610 Creative Music and Sound Arts View Details
An introduction to improvisational sound creation through experimental methods, in which students will critically study the communicative and aesthetic aspects of sound, sensory perception and soundscapes, by creating acoustic, analog and digital sound art projects.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 2-2; or 2-2
Course Classifications: Type A: Humanities

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Media Studies 2010 Alternative New Media View Details
An exploration of alternative media movements such as independent media, community media, social movement media, participatory media, media democracy, new media and on-line social media, culture jamming and graffiti. Students will investigate how each of these media movements attempts to challenge dominant public discourses on specific issues, and to use the media to transform society.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; 0-0
Course Classifications:
  • Type A: Humanities
  • Type B: Social Sciences

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Media Studies 2030 Media Production View Details
Media production and analysis are integrated, as students produce media using readily available technologies to create individual and collaborative media production projects. Students may work with community groups on media projects with social justice applications.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 0-0; or 2-2
Course Classifications: Type A: Humanities

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Media Studies 2113 Women, Popular Culture and Counter Culture View Details
See Department of Women's Studies, Women's Studies Courses, Women's Studies 2113, for full course description.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Cross-List(s): Women's Studies 2113

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Media Studies 2210 Media Criticism View Details
An introduction to key critical approaches to analyzing and understanding media, including: discourse analysis, media framing analysis, media effects, political economy, representation and identity, cultural studies, feminist media criticism and critical race theory.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s):

Media Studies 1010 and 1030 or permission of the Chair of the Department

Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Course Classifications:
  • Type A: Humanities
  • Type B: Social Sciences

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Media Studies 2230 Media Studies Research Methods View Details
An introduction to qualitative research methods in media and communication studies, including: literature reviews, ethnographic interviews and participant observation, participatory action research, focus groups, archival research, content analysis, and critical discourse analysis.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Media Studies 1010 and 1030 or permission of the instructor
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Course Classifications:
  • Type A: Humanities
  • Type B: Social Sciences

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Media Studies 2310 Anti-Racist and Aboriginal Media in Canada View Details
An investigation of anti-racist and aboriginal media initiatives across Canada, exploring a range of media production groups, including youth-created projects, committed to anti-racist and aboriginal media strategies from alternative representations to self-production, participatory media, community media and media action.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Course Classifications:
  • Type A: Humanities
  • Type B: Social Sciences
  • Type E: Indigenous Content

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Media Studies 2411 Mass Media and Politics View Details
See Department of Political Science, Political Science Courses, Political Science 2410, for full course description.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Cross-List(s): Political Science 2410
Notes: Open only to students in their second year level or higher.

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Media Studies 2430 Sound Perception and Listening View Details
The politics of audio productions will be explored through the development of skills for heightening hearing perspectives through concentrated listening exercises, in-depth audio scene analysis of sound walks, soundscapes, and other audio and aural productions.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Course Classifications:
  • Type A: Humanities
  • Type B: Social Sciences
  • Type C: Engineering, Mathematical and Natural Sciences

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Media Studies 2510 Global Media Convergences and Divergences View Details
A survey of issues in global mediascapes, as some media are converging and others are diverging. Students will consider the mechanisms and consequences of global media convergence and the strategies of media resistors who are challenging global media power.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Course Classifications:
  • Type A: Humanities
  • Type B: Social Sciences

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Media Studies 2610 Video Production I View Details
An introduction to video production, including the basics of recording, editing, shots, sound, lighting, graphics and cinematography.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 2-2; or 2-2
Course Classifications: Type A: Humanities

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Media Studies 2650 Sound Recording and Editing View Details
A practical exploration of the principles and practices of recording, editing and mastering sound; keeping recording levels hot, while understanding the principles of frequency domain in order to produce different soundscapes for various media platforms and applications.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 2-2; or 2-2
Course Classifications:
  • Type A: Humanities
  • Type C: Engineering, Mathematical and Natural Sciences

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Media Studies 3010 Special Topics in Media Representations View Details
Media representations on a special topic or issue chosen by the instructor are analyzed. The topic will be explored through representations in media and culture, examining issues of power and social transformation.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Special Topic: Yes
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Course Classifications:
  • Type A: Humanities
  • Type B: Social Sciences

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Media Studies 3133 Women, Technology and Cyberculture View Details
See Department of Women's Studies, Women's Studies Courses, Women's Studies 3133, for full course description
Credit Weight: 0.5
Cross-List(s): Women's Studies 3133

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Media Studies 3214 Queer Studies View Details
See Department of Women's Studies, Women's Studies Courses, Women's Studies 3214, for full course description.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Cross-List(s): Women's Studies 3214

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Media Studies 3310 Media, Art and Activism View Details
An analysis of art, film, music, ads, living theatre, photography and new media that have been created by social movement activists to communicate social change. Students will consider how to engage positively as media artists within the community on local and global issues.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Course Classifications:
  • Type A: Humanities
  • Type B: Social Sciences

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Media Studies 3410 Sexuality in Media View Details
Investigates a range of public discourses and sources on sexuality. Topics may include: the sex/gender/sexuality system, dating, heterosexuality, sexual consent, serial monogamy, non-monogamy, homsexuality, queer theory, sex work, disability and sexuality, and sexual violence.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: May only be taken by students in 3rd or 4th year level.
Course Classifications: Type B: Social Sciences

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Media Studies 3455 Digital Technology and Society View Details
See Department of Sociology, Sociology Courses, Sociology 3455, for full course description.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Cross-List(s): Sociology 3455

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Media Studies 3510 Globalizing Discourses of Dissent View Details
Students will study the anti-globalization movement from the mid-1990s to the present, examining a range of discourses of dissent and their transnational media networks, theories and practices.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: May only be taken by students at 3rd or 4th year level.
Course Classifications:
  • Type A: Humanities
  • Type B: Social Sciences

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Media Studies 3530 Transnational Approaches to Media and Gender View Details
A critical study of gender representations in a range of global media sources from news to fictional TV shows, music, film, video and magazines, incorporating transnational approaches to gender norms, stereotypes and oppositional movements.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Media Studies 1010 and 1030 or permission of the instructor
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0

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Media Studies 3555 Media, Culture, and Society View Details
See Department of Sociology, Sociology Courses, Sociology 3555, for full course description.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Cross-List(s): Sociology 3555

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Media Studies 3610 Web Design View Details
An intermediate hands-on course on the important elements of web design, considering aesthetics, technical skills, and programming with web design software on a range of operating systems.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 2-2; or 2-2
Course Classifications:
  • Type A: Humanities
  • Type C: Engineering, Mathematical and Natural Sciences

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Media Studies 3630 Intermedia Production View Details
An intermediate hands-on course where students learn to integrate a range of digital and analog media on a single platform, using typography, colour separation, illustration, and interactivity. Communication and media design skills and theoretical approaches will be covered, including image creation and manipulation as well as digital and analog intermedia integration.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 2-2; or 2-2
Course Classifications: Type A: Humanities

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Media Studies 3650 Sound Production for Film and Video View Details
An intermediate hands-on application of a range of practices in sound production for film and video, including on-location recording, folly recording, boom miking, as well as pre-production and post-production of sound and soundtracks.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Media Studies 2650
Offering: 2-2; or 2-2
Course Classifications:
  • Type A: Humanities
  • Type C: Engineering, Mathematical and Natural Sciences

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Media Studies 3690 Video Production II View Details
Building on Media Studies 2610, students will put their skills in video production to work in collaborative teams that will work within the community to produce short video projects with social justice themes.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Media Studies 2610
Offering: 2-2; or 2-2
Course Classifications: Type A: Humanities

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Media Studies 3910 Internship I View Details
A twelve-week internship engaged in media-related work for five hours per week, under the supervision of a faculty member and an on-site supervisor. Students will be required to critically reflect on their internship in submitted assignments.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 2-0; 0-0 plus internship 5 hours per week for 12 weeks
Notes: Open only to Media Studies Majors with the permission of the Chair of the Department. Arrangements for the internship must be finalized by June 15 and approved by the Chair of the Department.
Course Classifications:
  • Type A: Humanities
  • Type B: Social Sciences

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Media Studies 3930 Internship II View Details
A twelve-week internship engaged in media-related work for five hours per week, under the supervision of a faculty member and an on-site supervisor. Students will be required to critically reflect on their internship in submitted assignments, building on their experience and reflections from Media Studies 3910.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Media Studies 3910
Offering: 0-0; 2-0 plus internship 5 hours per week for 12 weeks
Notes: Open only to third-year or fourth-year Media Studies Majors with permission of the Chair of the Department. Arrangements for the internship must be finalized by October 1 and approved by the Chair of the Department.
Course Classifications:
  • Type A: Humanities
  • Type B: Social Sciences

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Media Studies 4310 Media and Environmental Justice Movements View Details
An examination of environmental justice and environmental sustainability movements and their representation in, as well as their strategic use of a range of media forms from alternative to mainstream, and from residual to new media.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: May only be taken by students at the 3rd or 4th year level.
Course Classifications:
  • Type A: Humanities
  • Type B: Social Sciences

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Media Studies 4330 Disability Rights and Media View Details
An examination of representations of people with disabilities in the media as well as the use Access Activists make of the media to get their messages out. Students will also consider the creation of art, new media forms and technologies by and/or for people with disabilities.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: May only be taken by students at the 3rd or 4th year level.
Course Classifications:
  • Type A: Humanities
  • Type B: Social Sciences

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Media Studies 4350 Feminist Approaches to Media and Technology View Details
An examination of theoretical and critical approaches to news and entertainment media and technology from a feminist media studies perspective.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s):

Media Studies 1010 and 1030 or permission of the Chair of the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies

Cross-List(s): Women's Studies 4350
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: Women's Studies Group 1 Course
Course Classifications:
  • Type A: Humanities
  • Type B: Social Sciences
  • Type C: Engineering, Mathematical and Natural Sciences

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Media Studies 4430 Meta-Media View Details
An examination of a range of sources of meta-media in what appears to be a never-ending spiral of self-referentiality.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Media Studies 2210
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Course Classifications:
  • Type A: Humanities
  • Type B: Social Sciences

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Media Studies 4530 Media Framing of Immigration View Details
An investigation of ways in which immigrants, refugees, migrant workers and illegalized or non-status people are represented in mainstream and alternative media, exploring theories of capitalism and labour, as well as the relationships among neoliberal capitalist global labour migration and poverty, gender, queer subjectivities, race, disability and sex work.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: May only be taken by students at the 3rd or 4th year level.
Course Classifications:
  • Type A: Humanities
  • Type B: Social Sciences

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Media Studies 4550 Global Indigenous Media View Details
Students will explore the use of media in global indigenous cultures and resistance movements.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: May only be taken by students at the 3rd or 4th year level.
Course Classifications:
  • Type A: Humanities
  • Type B: Social Sciences
  • Type E: Indigenous Content

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Media Studies 4610 Advanced Video Production View Details
Advanced formal and stylistic aspects of video production are explored, including conception of ideas, story-boarding, scripting or interviewing, framing, pacing, cinematography, editing, and preparing video installations.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Media Studies 3690
Offering: 2-2; or 2-2
Course Classifications:
  • Type A: Humanities
  • Type C: Engineering, Mathematical and Natural Sciences

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Media Studies 4630 Advanced Intermedia Cyberarts View Details
Moving from production skills to conceptual design and artistic problem solving, students will produce intermedia art using a variety of hybrid media
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Media Studies 3630
Offering: 2-2; or 2-2
Course Classifications:
  • Type A: Humanities
  • Type C: Engineering, Mathematical and Natural Sciences

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Media Studies 4650 Special Topics in Media Production View Details
In-depth instruction at an advanced level of a special topic or form of media or media arts creative production techniques.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Media Studies 2030
Special Topic: Yes
Offering: 2-2; or 2-2
Course Classifications:
  • Type A: Humanities
  • Type B: Social Sciences
  • Type C: Engineering, Mathematical and Natural Sciences

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