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As a Communication & Media Studies student, you will gain a strong foundation in the field, and will also be able to customize your program to your needs. The foundation is provided by the required courses at the first and second year levels that all students will take. These courses will introduce you to key perspectives in the field of Communication & Media Studies, and provide rigorous training in research, writing, and critical thinking. You will also be able to choose from a wide range of other courses that will enable you to develop your knowledge and skills and engage with the issues that most interest you. In addition, you will take courses outside the department, giving you the opportunity to experience York’s wide range of programs in Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design and elsewhere. You can even do a joint major with another department, or a major in Communication & Media Studies with a minor in another field.

The three thematic areas comprising Communication & Media Studies are Media, Culture and Society, Politics and Policy and Critical Technology Studies. You can always take courses across the thematic areas, but these help you to organize your program of study, and to orient yourself to future careers, some of which are suggested here.

Media, Culture and Society

Media, whether more traditional forms like print or broadcast media or new forms of digital media, provide the context within and through which our cultures develop. These cultures are complex and often contested with courses in this thematic area giving students the tools to engage in these debates and translate them into real-world contexts.

Courses in this thematic area have a "7" as their second number. For example, COMN 2700, COMN 3701, etc.

Politics and Policy

This thematic area is geared towards students interested in the business of media and the relationships between the economic and political dimensions of communication and culture. You will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to identify and participate in media production and the various decision- and policy-making processes that shape our media landscape.

Courses in this thematic area have a "2" as their second number. For example, COMN 2200, COMN 3201, etc.

Critical Technology Studies

Courses in this thematic area provide you with the resources to think critically about the transformative impacts of technology and examine how those technologies are embedded in wider social contexts.

Courses in this thematic area have a "5" as their second number. For example, COMN 2500, COMN 3501, etc.

AP/COMN 1000 6.00

Introduction to Communications

Provides a critical overview of the main issues in the field of communication and media. It examines how forms and processes of communication are implicated ...

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AP/COMN 1401 6.00

Fake News, Fact-Finding and the Future of Journalism

What is fake news? How does it spread? How do we distinguish fact from fake? Are social media to blame? This class addresses the fake ...

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AP/COMN 1410 6.00

Sport Media

This course explores the relationship between sport cultures and media practices. Key topics include media representations of athletes; fandom; the business of sport media; sport ...

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AP/COMN 2111 6.00

Communication in Everyday Life

Examines the processes of interpersonal communication providing insight into how we create and communicate meaning for each other at all levels of social communication. We ...

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AP/COMN 2200 6.00

Introduction to Politics, Policy and the Media

This course analyzes the relations between popular media, communication technologies and power. The role of the state, market and civil society in the development of ...

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AP/COMN 2500 6.00

Information and Technology

This course focuses on critical stances with which to view our society's preoccupation with information and technology. Different models and theoretical approaches are used to ...

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AP/COMN 2700 6.00

Media, Culture and Society

This course explores the individual and collective significance of the role of communications in culture and society. Various historical, theoretical and methodological approaches are introduced ...

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AP/COMN 3100 3.00

Foundational Communication Theory

Provides an overview of the foundations and theoretical approaches in communication theory. Special attention will be paid to mass communication theory, medium theory, audience research, ...

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AP/COMN 3101 3.00

Contemporary Communication Theory

Examines the various perspectives of contemporary communication theory. It explores current theoretical approaches with an emphasis on contemporary debates and issues in communication studies.

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AP/COMN 3111 3.00

Organizational Communication

Examines the nature and variety of human organizations and the processes of human communication that create, sustain and change them.

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AP/COMN 3112 3.00

Problematic Communication in Organizations

Problems in communication in large organizations are studied with a view to understanding the basis for effective communication and approaches to improving organizational functioning.

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AP/COMN 3150 3.00

Introduction to Research Methods in Communication Studies

Introduces students to the major research paradigms and attendant methodologies in the field of mass communication.

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AP/COMN 3204 3.00

Public Diplomacy as Communication

Examines "public diplomacy" as communication and cultural strategies used by states to promote "national interests" and foreign policy goals through understanding, interacting with, informing and ...

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AP/COMN 3210 3.00

Global Media, Local Communication

Examines the theories and practices of the global media - telecommunications, news, film, television, and the new media - in the contexts of local communication ...

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AP/COMN 3213 3.00

Labour in the Communication and Cultural Industries

This course analyzes labour in the communication and cultural industries (including journalism, broadcasting, creative labour and cyber-work) by the examination of the historical constitution, present ...

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AP/COMN 3220 3.00

Organizing Social Movements

The course analyzes themes in three areas: social movements; social justice as currently articulated by social movements; and communication and organization strategies used by movements. ...

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AP/COMN 3221 3.00

Communicating Social Movements

Examines the literature on major developments in the history of Canadian social and protest movements, social entrepreneurialism, and pressure group behaviour. The larger historical questions ...

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AP/COMN 3250 3.00

Communication Policy I: A Comparative Introduction

Introduces students to the politics of policy making across communication, including press, broadcasting and telecommunication, with an emphasis on the Anglo-American democracies.

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AP/COMN 3251 3.00

Communication Policy II: Current Issues and Case Studies

Examines current issues in communication policy in Canada through the use of case studies. It considers such topical issues as: national identity and globalization, convergence ...

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AP/COMN 3252 3.00

Ethics and the Media

Examines challenges to ethical behaviour and normative intentions posed by the institutional imperatives of the modern media corporation. Explores the ethical relationships of the media ...

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AP/COMN 3517 3.00

Doing Bodies/Doing Technology

This course explores the ways in which interacting, producing and consuming technology also affects how bodies and identities are enacted, experienced, produced and theorized. It ...

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AP/COMN 3550 3.00

Digital Media and Culture

Examines the origins and development of forms of digital media and culture with particular emphasis on how they differ from pre-digital or "analog" cultural forms. ...

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AP/COMN 3551 3.00

Advanced Issues in Digital Media and Culture

This course investigates some of the transformative effects of digital communications technologies within realms of culture as diverse as politics, romance and mating, industry, medical ...

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AP/COMN 3590 3.00

Feminist Perspectives on Media

Examines gender in relation to various media. Diverse media including film, television, magazines, and romantic fiction are analyzed through a feminist perspective and held within ...

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AP/COMN 3701 3.00

Advertising, Culture and Society

Examines the place of advertising within culture and society. It will focus on the analysis of advertising; the cultural triumph of the image; the democratization ...

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AP/COMN 3712 3.00

The Rise of the Classical Hollywood Cinema: Entertainment, Art and Politics

This course concentrates on the Hollywood cinema from 1929 to 1945, a period that deals with the concept of 'the studio system' which functioned to ...

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AP/COMN 3713 3.00

The Decline of the Classical Hollywood Cinema: Post-WWII, the Cold War and the Rise of Corporate America

This course concentrates on the Hollywood cinema from 1946 to 1964. The aftermath of WWII produced political, social and cultural changes that effected the mainstream ...

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AP/COMN 3725 3.00

Young People's Media In Canada

Explores the production of media for young people here in Canada. Canada has a long history of producing media texts for children and youth. Our ...

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AP/COMN 3729 3.00

Screen Cultures

This course examines the cultural and social dimensions of screens in historical and contemporary contexts. Screen cultures include film, TV, video, digital, and mobile media.

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AP/COMN 3751 3.00

Television as Culture

Examines the interaction between television and culture by exploring the local and global impact of television, its structures, the medium and its effects. The place ...

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AP/COMN 3770 3.00

Transnational Media Cultures and Global Youth

The aim of this course is to provide students with an overview of the critical debates and issues surrounding youth media culture in a transnational ...

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AP/COMN 3780 3.00

Communication, Food, and Community

This course considers the growing presence of food and food issues in the media, and offers an overview of some key current issues surrounding food. ...

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AP/COMN 3781 3.00

Media and Environment

This course examines various currents of thought within communication studies that have attempted to take 'the environment' into account. It explores the field of environmental ...

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AP/COMN 4000 6.00

Honours Thesis (ONLY OFFERED IF SUPERVISOR CAN BE ARRANGED)

If a supervisor in the Department of Communication & Media Studies can be arranged, students registered in Communication & Media Studies may undertake a major ...

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AP/COMN 4001 3.00

Directed Reading (NEEDS APPROVAL FROM THE UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM DIRECTOR)

A student may take an independent, individually supervised directed reading course, provided that the student and the course meet the requirements as set out by ...

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AP/COMN 4002 3.00

Directed Reading (NEEDS APPROVAL FROM THE UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM DIRECTOR)

A student may take an independent, individually supervised directed reading course, provided that the student and the course meet the requirements as set out by ...

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AP/COMN 4130 3.00

Unions, Organizing, and The Media

From an industry perspective, this course will address unions, what they do, organizing, recent successes, and challenges in the media. It will consider how unions ...

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AP/COMN 4140 6.00

Communications Field Experience: Corporate and Cultural Industries

Students earn course credit by working on a project for an organization involved in communication policy development, information services or administration. Details of each student's ...

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AP/COMN 4204 6.00

Public Communication and Political Discourse

This course is a theoretical and philosophical study of the role of public communication in relation to democratic political theory and its function in the ...

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AP/COMN 4212 3.00

The Growth of Canadian Broadcasting

Examines the historical, political, economic and cultural considerations that affect the arrangements made by Canadian society to organize broadcasting. The focus is on current issues ...

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AP/COMN 4214 6.00

Media, Publics and Democracy

Explores the relationship between contemporary forms of mediated communication and democratic public life. It examines issues such as freedom of expression and the regulation of ...

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AP/COMN 4217 6.00

Governing Culture: Cultural Policy in an Era of Neoliberal Globalization

Situating cultural policy within an age of neoliberal globalization this course introduces students to the theoretical approaches that have shaped scholarly discourse on cultural policy ...

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AP/COMN 4222 3.00

News Next: Creating News in a Platform Society

This course will look at changes to how news is gathered, distributed and consumed. The impact of social media, allegations of "fake news" and the ...

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AP/COMN 4270 3.00

Cultural Industries and Work

This course will examine cultural industries, exploring from a historical perspective the ongoing transformations that are shaping the way media, culture and communication are produced ...

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AP/COMN 4505 6.00

Debates about Technological Development

This course investigates some of the texts in the burgeoning study of society and technology that have inspired its major philosophical perspectives and frameworks of ...

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AP/COMN 4520 6.00

Electronic Information Network Marketplace

Examines the social, economic, political and technological forces in Canada and other nations that are creating an electronic information network marketplace. The main purpose is ...

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AP/COMN 4700 6.00

Popular Culture and Communications

Employing a variety of theoretical and methodological perspectives, this course examines the role of communications media and information and technology in the production and circulation ...

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AP/COMN 4721 3.00

The City in Film: Identity and Place

The cinema, arguably the most significant cultural medium of mass communication of the 20th century, reflects and interprets urban experience, contributing to perceptions of the ...

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AP/COMN 4725 6.00

Mediations of Identity

Examines processes and practices at work in media representations of race, sexuality, gender, class, ethnicity and nation within Western society. Key theoretical approaches to power, ...

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AP/COMN 4726 6.00

Visual Culture: Histories, Theories and Politics

This course develops critical perspectives on visual culture. We examine major theories in the field, examine the histories of various media, and critically analyze the ...

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AP/COMN 4727 6.00

Cultural Politics and Aesthetics

Through an examination of key theoretical texts and case studies, both historical and contemporary, this course will develop a framework for understanding the relationships between ...

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AP/COMN 4732 3.00

Theories of Diaspora and Transnational Media

Provides a survey of some of the key issues regarding diaspora and transnational media. The course examines different theoretical and methodological approaches to diaspora and ...

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AP/COMN 4733 3.00

Second-Generation Diaspora and Identity

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Builds on AP/COMN 4732 3.00 Theories of Diaspora and Transnational Media, providing a survey of the key issues regarding diaspora and second-generation identity. Particular attention ...

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AP/COMN 4742 6.00

Sport, Media and Society

This course critically analyzes the relationship between sport, media and society. It locates the sport media industry within a historical and theoretical context and introduces ...

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AP/COMN 4750 3.00

Approaching Indigenous Media

Crosslisted: AP/INDG 4750 This course focuses on forms of indigenous storytelling which underlie indigenous media. It explores indigeneity in popular culture, the history of indigenous ...

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AP/COMN 4755 3.00

Indigenous Media in the Canadian Context

This course focuses on the presence of indigenous media in Canada today, as well as on emergent forms of Indigenous media and emergent Indigenous media ...

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