Courses

All courses are listed as calendar descriptions.

* Course/curriculum developed and/or delivered for the first time by me.

@ Vancouver Island university (media studies)

* MEDI 100  (3.0) INTRODUCTION TO MEDIA STUDIES AND COMMUNICATION

This course introduces the history, theories, and basic concepts of traditional and new media. It explores media culture, content, audiences, law and policy, ownership, content producers, the effects of media convergence, and globalization. A hybrid of critical analysis and hands-on application merges the theoretical and practical streams of the discipline.

MEDI 111  (3.0) HISTORY OF COMMUNICATION

An introduction to the multi-disciplinary nature of media studies including an exploration of the definitions of society, culture, the self, as well as an historical approach to human communications. Explores the impact of technological change on culture, and the latest developments in information technologies (Internet, newsgroups, on-line publishing, e-mail).

MEDI 113  (3.0) EMERGING DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS

An exploration of emerging digital technologies and their impact on culture, education, commerce, politics and society. Development of hands-on skills in the use of e-mail, newsgroups, web-site authoring, and multimedia. Familiarity with computing applications is an asset. Note: Some sections of this course may be offered on-line.

DIGI 110  (3.0) INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL MEDIA

An introduction to the fundamental concepts, concerns, genres, and technologies of digital media. Students produce introductory digital projects (Web, photography, video, and audio) exploring contemporary concerns and genres in the new media field. Students from other fields are invited to explore interdisciplinary applications of Digital Media to their chosen discipline.

MEDI 200  (3.0) MEDIA, AUDIENCE AND SOCIETY

An examination of how selected media – mainly newspapers, magazines, television, and film – identify and address their audiences to represent significant social constructions: gender, ethnicity and class. Participants are challenged to distinguish between the representations of social issues in the media and their social realities.

MEDI 205  (3.0) PROMOTION, PERSUASION AND PROPAGANDA

An examination of the strategies and ideologies in promotional communications: advertising, public relations, political and public service announcements, billboards, news reporting, infomercials, popular performance art, and propaganda.

MEDI 211  (3.0) UNDERSTANDING TELEVISION

An examination of television as a medium of communication and an element of culture. In a given year, the focus of the course may be on television production and management in addition to an analysis of television’s impact on culture.

* MEDI 265  (3.0) GAME THEORY & ANALYSIS

An introduction to the interdisciplinary study of videogames, examining their cultural, educational, and social functions within contemporary settings. By playing, analyzing, and theorizing about videogames, we will examine debates surrounding how they function within contemporary social contexts. Readings will include contemporary videogame theory and interaction with contemporary commercial videogames.

MEDI 301  (3.0) STUDIES IN GLOBAL MEDIA

An exploration of the media, its control and ownership, from a global perspective. Topics include globalization; the public sphere; international trade agreements and regulatory bodies (WTO, IMF, etc.); internet culture; patterns of ownership, control and monopolization; alternative media; cultural imperialism; racism, assimilation and creolization.

MEDI 302  (3.0) MAKING THE NEWS

An exploration of the history of journalism with an emphasis on the evolution of print, photography, radio, film, television, and the internet as media for the mass dissemination of news, information, and opinion. Students also consider questions of journalistic style and ethics.

* MEDI 303  (3.0) DOCUMENTING CULTURE

This course explores culture from a visual perspective. It examines ways to understand and create visual material and locates various forms of documentary and persuasive visual practices in dynamics of power, space, and identity. Students will engage in written and hands-on projects from a critical academic perspective.

DIGI 340  (3.0) DIGITAL SOCIAL NARRATIVES

An exploration of the theories, practices and technologies used to create and participate in contemporary digital social narratives. Topics include listserves, blogs, games, discussion groups, wikis and other developing electronic narrative environments. Students will actively research and create virtual narrative spaces based on subjects of their own interest.

MEDI 401  (3.0) PUBLIC RELATIONS, ADVOCACY AND THE MEDIA

A survey of the powerful role public relations and promotion play in contemporary society. An exploration of how different media may be used for advocacy and social activism. As a major assignment, students analyze accessible media, and design a campaign to promote an issue of concern to them.

MEDI 402  (3.0) TECHNOLOGY AND IDENTITY

An exploration of the complex relationship between technology and changing notions of identity. Students consider how media and other technologies influence how we define ourselves, our social relations, and our cultural institutions.

MEDI 405  (3.0) advanced topics in digital media TECHNOLOGY

An examination of emerging digital media technologies. Students will research emerging technologies and collaborate to design, create and prototype projects utilizing these technologies. May be taken more than once if the focus is significantly different in each case. May be taken more than once for credit.

* MEDI 415  (3.0) MEDIA AND CULTURAL STUDIES

Focusing on media, this course investigates how culture impacts individual experiences, everyday life, social relations and power through readings on the intersections of race, class, gender and ability. Students will explore how media experiences contribute to cultural attitudes and beliefs and will consider ways in which to address this relationship.

* DIGI 440  (3.0) DIGITAL IDENTITIES

An examination of theories, practices and technologies used by individuals and groups to create, manipulate and interact with contemporary digital identities. Topics include blogs, game personas, organizational websites, online interpersonal forums and other developing electronic environments. Students will actively research and create virtual identities based on subjects of their own interest.

MEDI 490  (3.0) INDEPENDENT PROJECT

In consultation with the Chair, students articulate a media-related project that demonstrates a strong correlation between theory and practice. Students submit a proposal outlining their project and reviewing the theory informing it, for a project that makes use of at least one non-print medium. See Chair for more detailed guidelines.

* Course/curriculum developed and/or delivered for the first time by me.


@ york UNIVERSITY (communication STUDIES)

SOSC 1310  (9.0/6.0) Introduction to Communication Studies

This course 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 in our understanding of the world at both the personal and social levels.

SOSC 3316  (6.0) Television as Culture and Communication

This course examines the interaction between television and culture by exploring the local and global impact of television, its narrative structures, the medium and its effects. The ideological role of television in representing and constructing shared beliefs and audience response.

SOSC 3991  (6.0) Research Methods in Mass Communication

This course introduces students to the major research paradigms and attendant methodologies in the field of mass communication. Methods to be reviewed include survey; audience; ethnographic; political economic; feminist; content; discourse and textual analyses..

SOSC 4300  (6.0) Popular Cuture and Communication Studies

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 of popular cultural artifacts and practices. .

* SOSC 4304  (6.0) Advanced Problems in Communication Thought: Media Studies 2.0

An examination of current debates in the field of communication thought. This particular course focused on new paradigms of communication studies related to advances in technology and the growing gap between users and producers in terms of knowledge systems and expectations.

SOSC 4330  (6.0) Participative Communication

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 of popular cultural artifacts and practices.

AK/SOSC 2410  (9.0/6.0) Introduction to Communication Studies

The course explores major contributions to the study of communication from a variety of perspectives: the behavioural and social sciences, the humanities and fine arts, biology and engineering. Topics include language, the analysis of messages, cultures as complex media systems, technologies of communication, ideology and mass media and the political economy of information.


@ university of guelph-humber & Ont. College of Art & Design

AHSS 1060 (3.0) Mass Communication (University of Guelph-Humber, Media Studies)

This course examines the theories and practices of the mass media and its impact on society. It examines the purposes of the mass media in a democratic society by comparing the works of various theorists such as, Marshall McLuhan, Noam Chomsky, and Neil Postman. This course is a study of traditional media –newspapers, magazines, television, radio, film – and the rapidly growing new media.

VISC 3B18 (3.0) Television Criticism (Ontario College of Arts & Design, Liberal Studies)

This class is designed to familiarize students with different approaches to television criticism, and to introduce students to practices of formulating and writing television criticism. The focus is on a critical tradition to understanding meaning making in television, and as such the class provides multiple perspectives, including textual approaches (such as semiotics), producer-oriented approaches (such as auteur analysis), audience research (such as audience-oriented research and critical audience research), and finally ideological analysis (such as feminist and critical cultural studies). Readings include both theoretical and materialized pieces of critical television criticism scholarship. Students will gain knowledge of important television research methods and their usefulness. In addition, students will, through the readings, learn about the economy/business and politics of television production, the aesthetics or codes of various TV genre, will address identity and TV representation in terms of gender, ethnic, sexual and other characteristics, and will learn about the processes by which audiences negotiate television. Upon concluding the class, students should be able to articulate the tenets of multiple television genres, determine the type of television criticism most appropriate to a particular type of question regarding television, articulate the steps of four different types of television criticism, and conduct an actual (undergraduate level) television research project.