By interpreting the images and messages of contemporary media, communications studies explores why we communicate the way we do and how we create meaning. Communications scholars investigate the central relationship of communication to technology, social change, and the political process. If you are interested in a deeper view of topics such as popular culture, online media, and advertising, then communications is what you’re looking for.
Communications students not only develop their oral and written communication skills, but also gain a strong understanding of the ways in which media and information shape society. As our online world continues to expand, communications students will be prepared to work in a broad range of areas including business, human resources, news or entertainment media, marketing, and public relations.
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Pamela Tudge (MA, BA)
Pamela Tudge is an educator in the departments of Sociology and Communication Studies at Alexander College. She is concurrently pursuing her Ph.D. at Concordia University. With a career spanning over 15 years, her scholarship and teaching encompass diverse domains, including food studies, environmental science, new media, and social movements. Her ongoing research initiatives employ innovative methodologies rooted in design and historical analysis to delve into the cultural interpretations surrounding domestic food practices and food waste within the Canadian context. Prior to her tenure at Alexander College and Concordia University, Tudge played a pivotal role in various academic institutions, facilitating research programs such as McGill’s GeoThink, a national initiative that utilizes geospatial web and interactive media to address climate change issues.
Caio Cardoso (PhD, MA, BA)
Dr. Caio Cardoso holds a PhD in Contemporary Communications and Culture from UFBA – Federal University of Bahia in 2020 and earned a master’s degree on the same topic from UFBA in 2016. He also earned his bachelor’s degree in Communications/Journalism from UFJF – Federal University of Juiz de Fora in 2014.
He teaches Communications courses at Alexander College and is always looking for ways to foster meaningful debates about current issues in his classes. His main objective is to help students understand the relationship between social dynamics and communications in a warm and collaborative space. In his courses different opinions and experiences will be challenged and the students will form knowledge autonomously.
Expertise and Experience
Before coming to Canada, Dr. Cardoso taught several courses in journalism and media studies, including media ethics, and was an editor and photographer for a news magazine specialize in gender and diversity.
Dr. Cardoso’s research focuses mainly on surveillance as an ethical value in journalism and other interactions on the digital platforms (like social media), the impact of diverse media forms on different societies and different ways of consuming/sharing contents online.
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Melanie received an M.A. double degree from Simon Fraser University and Communication University of China, both focusing on global communications. Her research interests include culture, Chinese media systems, reality television, and the political economy of communication. She is interested in understanding the interrelationship between communication and culture, as well as how one influences the other. She hopes to foster cross-cultural and intercultural understandings between the West and the East and to help people from different cultural backgrounds to live together more harmoniously.
Nick Gandolfo-Lucia holds an MA in Geography from the University of British Columbia and a BA in English Literature from Haverford College. His MA thesis investigates the historical geography of flooding and flood control infrastructures in the Lower Mainland, arguing that contemporary flood problems trace back to 19th-century processes of settler colonialism. Currently, he is researching the relation between the expansion of financial products in contemporary capitalism and the rise of new media forms.
Canadian Communication Association/Association canadienne de communication
The Canadian Association of Journalists/L’Association Canadienne des Journalistes
CBC – Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Media Education Foundation
UNESCO : Communication and Information Sector