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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The main goal of Communications Studies is to critically assess the images and messages of contemporary media. How do they create meaning? Do they enlarge or restrict our understanding of the world? This course introduces a range of perspectives that seek to explain why we communicate as we do, including a general overview of communications theory and its historical development. Specific fields within the area of communication will also be explored, including: the study of popular culture, media analysis, advertising, journalism, and the political economy of communication.
SFU CMNS 110 (3)
How have the internet and social media influenced Canadian society? To what extent have historical and contemporary developments in communications technology changed the way we do business, discuss politics, and become global citizens, and what issues have resulted? This course critically examines the role of communication in social change in the forms and institutions through which we communicate. In particular, we will discuss theoretical perspectives on the relationship between communication and the major political, economic and regulatory shifts that characterize Canadian and transnational media systems. Different eras of mass communication and leading approaches to its evolution will also be introduced.
ENGL 098, CMNS 110 is recommended
SFU CMNS 130 (3)
The Canadian Communication Association supports graduate students of communications and creates awareness of Canadian Communications scholarship in Canada and abroad.
Established in 1978, the Canadian Association of Journalists is a corporation that promotes and recognizes excellence in Canadian journalism and supports the public’s right to information.
Canada’s national news, radio and television network. Find news stories, podcasts, and stream live radio via this website, or search the CBC archives.
From the website: The Media Education Foundation produces and distributes documentary films and other educational resources to inspire critical thinking about the social, political, and cultural impact of American mass media. (MEF, 2020)
From the website: The Communication and Information Sector strives to foster freedom of expression, media development, and access to information and knowledge in line with UNESCO’s mandate to “promote the free flow of ideas by word and image”. (UNESCO, 2019)