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University of Calgary Calendar 2013-2014 COURSES OF INSTRUCTION Course Descriptions C Communications Studies COMS
Communications Studies COMS

Instruction offered by the Department of Communication and Culture in the Faculty of Arts.

Junior Course
Communications Studies 201       Introduction to Communications Studies
A general mapping of the field, with an emphasis on its breadth in the areas of media studies, communication of science and technology, and rhetorical communication. The course also provides a general examination of how Communications Studies emerged during the twentieth century and how the field relates to issues of social and cultural change.
Course Hours:
H(2-1)
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Senior Courses
Communications Studies 363       Professional and Technical Communication
An introduction to professional and technical communication in diverse media. Students will learn the rhetorical dimensions of workplace settings as well as the process of planning, composing, and delivering professional and technical communication for various audiences.
Course Hours:
H(3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Completion of four or more full-course equivalents.
Notes:
Preference in enrolment is given to Majors and Minors in Communications Studies, the Bachelor of Communications Studies, majors in Geography, and students enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Culture, the Haskayne School of Business and the Schulich School of Engineering.
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Communications Studies 369       Rhetorical Communication

An introduction to the basic principles of rhetorical theory, criticism and practice. Students will learn rhetorical perspectives on elements of communication such as argumentation, persuasion, audience, situation, genre, and ethics. Tutorial sections will apply rhetorical theory to the criticism of samples of public communication. Students will exercise their rhetorical skills through in-class activities and assigned writing and oral presentations.


Course Hours:
H(2-2)
Prerequisite(s):
Prerequisite or Corequisite: Communications Studies 201.
Antirequisite(s):
Credit will not normally be allowed for both Communications Studies 369 and 361.
Notes:
Preference in enrolment is given to Majors and Minors in Communications Studies and the Bachelor of Communications Studies.
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Communications Studies 371       Critical Media Studies
Emphasizes major critical approaches in Communications Studies with the intent of introducing students to the theoretical foundations of media and mass communication related research. The course explores the contexts in which these theories arose, identifies their major strengths and weaknesses, and provides an appreciation of how critical theory engages the social world through research on communication and media. Areas to be covered include: the problem of communication (Durham, Mattelart, etc.), the culture industry (Adorno, the Frankfurt School), the Canadian school (McLuhan), structuralism and semiotics (Barthes), Cultural Studies (Hall, Williams), postmodernism (Lyotard, Harvey, etc.).
Course Hours:
H(3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Communications Studies 201.
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Communications Studies 381       Communications History
A general survey of how various communication systems and practices developed through history, and of the social contexts within which they emerged, transformed, and adapted through time. Within this framework, the course examines major technological developments in the history of human communication and uses theory to understand their origins and impacts on social organization and everyday life.
Course Hours:
H(2-1)
Corequisite(s):
Prerequisite or Corequisite: Communications Studies 201.
Antirequisite(s):
Credit for both Communications Studies 381 and 380 will not be allowed.
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Communications Studies 383       Introduction to Public Relations
The role of public relations in group communication within and among various sectors of society, including business, government, educational and cultural organizations. Alternative approaches to public relations theory and practice. Canadian examples and case studies will be used where possible, and ethical standards in public relations will be emphasized.
Course Hours:
H(3-0)
Also known as:
(formerly Communications Studies 483)
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Communications Studies 391       Introduction to Acoustic Communications and Acoustic Ecology
Concepts, techniques and applications of the fields of Acoustic Communications (the ways in which speech and music convey meaning) and Acoustic Ecology (the effects of sound in natural and human environments).  These interdisciplinary areas weave together communication theory, cognitive psychology, sociology, musicology, physical sciences, health sciences, and aesthetics.
Course Hours:
H(3-0)
Antirequisite(s):
Credit for both Communications Studies 391 and 401.12 will not be allowed.
Notes:
There is no scheduled tutorial or lab, but some field work (off campus) and research outside of class time is required.
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Communications Studies 401       Special Topics in Communications Studies
See the Schedule of Classes for current topic(s).
Course Hours:
H(3-0)
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
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Communications Studies 435       Mass Communications and Canadian Society
Introduces students to theoretical literature on various aspects of the media, including public policy questions such as the concentration of media ownership, Canadian content requirements, censorship, the role of the media during elections, and the problems and opportunities that might be brought by advances in technology.
Course Hours:
H(3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Communications Studies 201 or a Major or Minor in either Canadian Studies or Film Studies.
Also known as:
(formerly Communications Studies 335)
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Communications Studies 463       Rhetorical Communication in Online Environments

Rhetorical theory, criticism, production, and editing of professional communication in online environments (organizational websites and blogs, professional uses of social media, project management applications, collaborative writing applications, corporate and community discussion forums and intranets).  Experiential learning through team projects that critique and develop an organization’s online content.


Course Hours:
H(2-2)
Prerequisite(s):
One of Communications Studies 363, 383, or 369.
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Communications Studies 469       Rhetorical History and Criticism
A study of rhetorical thought and action from selected periods, cultures, and authors from the classical period to the modern age, with an emphasis on the interaction between rhetoric and philosophical, social, and political change. Theories will be applied to the criticism of historical and contemporary public communication.
Course Hours:
H(2-2)
Prerequisite(s):
Communications Studies  369.
Antirequisite(s):
Credit for both Communications Studies 469 and 461 will not be allowed.
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Communications Studies 471       Audience and Reception
Approaches the communications process from the point of view of the audience. Students will be introduced to the history of media research dealing with the public and the audience, and consider the changes in theoretical and research paradigms from administrative approaches to those centred on fan practices and subcultures. Topics may include public opinion, uses and gratifications, reception theory, constructivism, shopping, consumption and subjectivity, fan cultures, experiential marketing, and culture jamming.
Course Hours:
H(3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Communications Studies 371.
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Communications Studies 473       Popular Culture
A Communications Studies approach to the study of popular culture, including music, sport, television, film, comics, literature, gaming, theatre and public performance, the Internet and social networking, fashion, and advertising. Students will be introduced to critical tools for the deconstruction and evaluation of the social and cultural significance of popular cultural texts.
Course Hours:
H(3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Communications Studies 371.
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Communications Studies 475       Media and Cultural Industries
Considers the role and nature of media and cultural industries, offering students understanding of their role in the production and circulation of popular culture and information. Among those industries that could be examined are television, radio, newspapers and other print media, film, sound recording, book publishing and advertising.
Course Hours:
H(3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Communications Studies 371.
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Communications Studies 477       Food Culture and Communication
A theoretical and experiential introduction to food cultures as processes and products of communication.  Students will examine how food is constructed and represented through text, film, television, art, and tourism.  Political and economic constructions of food culture, security, and sustainability will also be explored.
Course Hours:
H(3-0)
Antirequisite(s):
Credit for both Communications Studies 477 and 401.03 will not be allowed.
Notes:
This course may involve off-campus field trips during class time, and students are responsible for transportation arrangements and costs.  Alternatively, the course may be packaged along with others as part of a Study Abroad opportunity requiring an application and pre-term study and preparation: Contact the instructors and/or University of Calgary International for more information.
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Communications Studies 481       Advanced Topics in New Media and Society
Examines the nature, origins and social implications of new media with a focus on the Internet. Evolving forms of interpersonal, group and public communication based on the Internet will be assessed in terms of the role they play in identity formation, cultural integration, learning, political participation, commerce and work.
Course Hours:
H(3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
One of Communications Studies 371, 381, or Science, Technology and Society 341.
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Communications Studies 501       Research in Selected Topics
Supervised individual study of a special topic.
Course Hours:
H(3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Department.
Notes:
Students should contact the Department of Communication and Culture at least two weeks prior to the first day of classes to arrange an independent study course.
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
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Communications Studies 503       Advanced Special Topics in Communications Studies
Advanced special topics in Communications Studies.
Course Hours:
H(3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Communications Studies 201 plus one of 369, 371, or 381.
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
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Communications Studies 505       Communications Studies Research Project
An inquiry-based course focused on an advanced exploration of, and apprenticeship in, research within the field. Students will apply and deepen their understanding of topic-specific theories and methods learned at the 400 level. Discussion of research communication will include communication to the public, within organizations, and to academic audiences.
Course Hours:
H(0-3S)
Prerequisite(s):
Communication and Culture 313 plus one of Communications Studies 369, 371 or 381.
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Communications Studies 507       Experiential Learning in Communications
Supervised individual study through guided experiential learning. Provides students with the opportunity to combine interests in communications research and theory with experiential learning opportunities in an organization or university unit. Involves a communication-related placement or project that engages students in critical reflection on community experience in the context of their formal education.

Course Hours:
H(0-4)
Prerequisite(s):
Communications Studies 201, one additional course labelled Communications Studies or Science, Technology and Society 341, 421,  and consent of the Department.
Antirequisite(s):
Communications Studies 407.
Notes:
Open to Majors, Honours, and Minors in Communications Studies and Bachelor of Communications Studies. Students should contact the Department of Communication and Culture at least two weeks prior to the first day of classes to arrange an independent study course.
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Communications Studies 580       Advanced BCS/BFS Project

An advanced research project incorporating both scholarly bibliographic techniques and research techniques appropriate to media production. The project will be produced in a medium appropriate to the student's specialization: print, radio, television, video, film, or multimedia.


Course Hours:
F(0-3)
Prerequisite(s):
Admission to the Bachelor of Communications Studies program or Bachelor of Film Studies program. One of Communications Studies 369, 371, 381 or one of Film 321, 323, 331 or 333, and first year of SAIT Communication Arts diploma program or equivalent.
Corequisite(s):
Prerequisite or Corequisite: Communication and Culture 313.
Notes:
Offered jointly by the University of Calgary and the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. Open to students in the Bachelor of Communications Studies and Bachelor of Film Studies programs only. Students must present their diploma transcript to the Student Success Centre for consent to register in this course.  An unofficial transcript will suffice.
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Communications Studies 591       Senior Seminar in Communication
With reference to a special topic, this course explores the variety of ways in which communication builds social and cultural values. Students will undertake a major project that will integrate their understanding of communication theory, history and methodology. See individual course outlines for current topics.
Course Hours:
H(3S-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Communications Studies 369, 371, 381, and Communication and Culture 313.
Notes:
Restricted to students in the BA with a Major in Communications Studies.
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Graduate Courses

Note: Not all courses will be offered each year.

Communications Studies 601       Interdisciplinary Approaches to Communications Studies
An overview of theories, problematics and approaches in the field of communications studies.
Course Hours:
H(3S-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Program Director.
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Communications Studies 603       Media Studies
Theories and perspectives in the study of media production, industries, genres, and reception.
Course Hours:
H(3S-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Program Director.
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Communications Studies 605       Organizational Communication
An examination of the application of theory and methodology of administrative communication processes in complex organizations.
Course Hours:
H(3S-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Program Director.
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Communications Studies 607       Socio-Cultural Approaches to Communication
Theoretical perspectives on communication as a symbolic process that produces and reproduces shared meanings, social practices, and social structures.
Course Hours:
H(3S-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Program Director.
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Communications Studies 609       Communication Law
An examination of the operation of Canadian law as it relates to the areas of telecommunications, broadcasting and other media.
Course Hours:
H(3S-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Program Director.
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Communications Studies 613       Communication Theory
An examination of the major perspectives in communication theory through a historical analysis of classic works and an overview of contemporary approaches and applications.
Course Hours:
H(3S-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Program Director.
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Communications Studies 615       Research Methods
A survey of research methods appropriate to the study of communication and culture.
Course Hours:
H(3S-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Program Director.
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Communications Studies 619       Communication and Cultural Industries
An analysis of the governmental and social contexts which inform the current development of telecommunications, communications, cultural industries and new media in Canada.
Course Hours:
H(3S-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Program Director.
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Communications Studies 623       Social Contexts of Technology
Theoretical perspectives for understanding central debates in the study of science and technology in their social, political, cultural, and communication contexts.
Course Hours:
H(3S-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Program Director.
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Communications Studies 627       Media and Politics
An examination of political communication in traditional and new media, focusing on the interrelationships of media, political thought, and  behaviour.
Course Hours:
H(3S-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Program Director.
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Communications Studies 629       Communication Management
An examination of communication management in business organizations. Looks at topics such as marketing, public relations and advertising in the context of rapidly changing business environments.
Course Hours:
H(3S-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Program Director.
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Communications Studies 641       Intercultural and International Communication
An examination of cultural/communication issues and practices in Canadian and international contexts. Examines the role of media systems in processes of culture, development and identity formation.
Course Hours:
H(3S-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Program Director.
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Communications Studies 703       Selected Topics in Media and Film Studies
Topics will vary based on current research and faculty expertise.
Course Hours:
H(3S-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Program Director.
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
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Communications Studies 705       Selected Topics in Social Contexts of Science and Technology
Topics will vary based on current research and faculty expertise.
Course Hours:
H(3S-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Program Director.
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
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Communications Studies 707       Selected topics in Socio-Cultural Approaches to Communication
Topics will vary based on current research and faculty expertise.
Course Hours:
H(3S-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Program Director.
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
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Communications Studies 711       Directed Studies
A research project under the direction of a faculty member.
Course Hours:
H(3S-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Program Director.
Notes:
May be repeated for credit once.
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
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Communications Studies 713       PhD Theory Seminar
A theory seminar than enables PhD students to focus their research interests and to explore theories that are relevant to their areas of specialization.
Course Hours:
H(3S-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Program Director.
Notes:
Open only to PhD students in Communications Studies and Culture and Society.
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Communications Studies 717       Selected Topics in Communication
A variety of communication topics based on faculty expertise.
Course Hours:
H(3S-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Program Director.
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
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Communications Studies 790       Master's Project
A full year course required of all MCS students. Students develop a major research project under the supervision of a faculty member, on the basis of their particular interest.
Course Hours:
F(0-6)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Program Director.
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