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New Media and Society

Faculty
Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Department
Communications
Course Code
CMNS 1223
Credits
3.00
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
35
Method Of Instruction
Lecture
Seminar
Typically Offered
Fall
Winter
Campus
Online

Overview

Course Description
This course offers students an overview of new media and how new media technologies are affecting society. Tracing the evolution of the media from tools of mass communication to key players in the new information society, this course will introduce students to key communication concepts with which they can evaluate critically new media's ability to create political, economic and social change. Students will examine fundamental communication theories that relate to media ownership and control, media and democracy, media and identity, and media governance. Students will apply these theories to understand new media, including ownership and control of new media, social media and digital technologies, and the Internet and democracy.
Course Content

Part 1: Changing Media Environments

From Mass Communication to Network Society: An Overview

Part 2: Analyzing a Changing Media Landscape: The Theoretical Foundations

Media and Democracy: Public Sphere Theory

Media Effects: Texts, Reception, and Cultural Studies

Media Ownership and Control: Critical Theory

Media Governance: Media Policymaking

Part 3: Understanding the New Media Environment

Celebrating/Critiquing the Information Society

Ownership and Control of the New Media

Internet, Social Media and Digital Cultures

New Media and Democracy

Labour in the Information Age

Globalizing Media

Global Media Governance

Methods Of Instruction

Some or all of the following methods will be used:

  • Lecture/seminar
  • Media (including documentary film)
  • Discussion of class readings and materials
  • Student-provided materials (examples illustrating key ideas from course materials)
Means of Assessment

Students will be assessed using a variety of evaluations such as

Case study  – 15%

Midterm exam – 20%

Two presentations – 10% each, total 20%

Research Paper Proposal – 5%

Research paper – 30%

Attendance and class participation – 10%

Total - 100%

Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this course will

  1. Develop a comprehensive understanding of what constitutes the new media landscape
  2. Identify the key communication theories that may apply to a study of new media
  3. Apply these communication concepts to understand the potential impact of new media
  4. Identify and critically evaluate key areas of concern that pertain to the rise of new media
  5. Understand how new media may cause significant political, economic, and social change through an examination of current events
Textbook Materials

Course pack and textbook, such as the current edition of one of the following:

Andrea L. Press and Bruce Williams, The New Media Environment: An Introduction

John Hartley, Digital Futures for Cultural and Media Studies

Leah A. Lievrouw and Sonia Livingstone, Handbook of New Media: Student Edition

Requisites

Prerequisites

None

Corequisites

None

Equivalencies

None

Requisite for

Course Guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Course Transfers

Institution Transfer Details Effective Dates
Alexander College (ALEX) ALEX ARTS 1XX (3) 2014/09/01 to 2020/12/31
Athabasca University (AU) AU CMNS 201 (3) 2014/09/01 to 2020/12/31
Capilano University (CAPU) CAPU CMNS 253 (3) 2014/09/01 to 2020/12/31
College of New Caledonia (CNC) CNC WEGD 1XX (3) 2014/09/01 to 2020/12/31
College of the Rockies (COTR) COTR COMC 121 (3) 2014/09/01 to 2020/12/31
Coquitlam College (COQU) No credit 2014/09/01 to 2020/12/31
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) KPU COMM 1XXX (3) 2014/09/01 to 2020/12/31
Langara College (LANG) LANG CMNS 1XXX (3) 2014/09/01 to 2020/12/31
Northern Lights College (NLC) No credit 2014/09/01 to 2020/12/31
Okanagan College (OC) OC CMNS 100 (3) 2014/09/01 to 2020/12/31
Simon Fraser University (SFU) SFU CMNS 253 (3) 2014/09/01 to 2020/12/31
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU CMNS 2539 (3) 2014/09/01 to 2020/12/31
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU CMNS 1XXX (3) 2014/09/01 to 2020/12/31
Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU MCOM 1XX (3) 2020/05/01 to 2020/12/31
Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU COMM 1XX (3) 2015/01/01 to 2020/04/30
University Canada West (UCW) UCW COMM 1XX (3) 2014/09/01 to 2020/12/31
University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) UBCO CULT 1st (3) 2014/09/01 to 2020/12/31
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) UBCV ARTS 1st (3) 2014/09/01 to 2020/12/31
University of Northern BC (UNBC) UNBC POLS 1XX (3) 2014/09/01 to 2020/12/31
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV MACS 2XX (3) 2014/09/01 to 2020/12/31
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC TS 2XX (1.5) 2014/09/01 to 2020/12/31

Course Offerings

Summer 2021

There aren't any scheduled upcoming offerings for this course.