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Graduate Studies Calendar 2022-2023 Courses of Instruction Course Descriptions C Communication and Media Studies COMS
Communication and Media Studies COMS
Graduate Courses

For more information, see the Department of Communication, Media and Film: arts.ucalgary.ca/communication-media-film/future-students/graduate/programs.

Notes:

  • Communication and Media Studies (COMS) courses were formerly named Communications Studies (COMS). All are COMS courses and considered equivalent for prerequisite purposes.
  • Not all courses will be offered each year. Registration is open to graduate students admitted into the program. All other students require consent of the Department’s Graduate Program Director.
Communication and Media Studies 601       Interdisciplinary Approaches to Communication and Media Studies
An overview of theories, problematics and approaches in communication and media.

Course Hours:
3 units; (3S-0)
Antirequisite(s):
Credit for Communication and Media Studies 601 and either Communications Studies 601 or Culture and Society 601 will not be allowed.
Also known as:
(formerly Communication and Culture 601)
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Communication and Media Studies 603       Critical Media Studies
Theories and perspectives in the study of media production, industries, genres, and reception. 

Course Hours:
3 units; (3S-0)
Antirequisite(s):
Credit for Communication and Media Studies 603 and Communications Studies 603 will not be allowed.  
Also known as:
(formerly Communication and Culture 603)
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Communication and Media Studies 613       Communication and Cultural Theory
An examination of the major perspectives in communication and cultural theory through a historical analysis of classic works and an overview of contemporary approaches and applications.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3S-0)
Antirequisite(s):
Credit for Communication and Media Studies 613 and either Communications Studies 613 or Culture and Society 613 will not be allowed.
Also known as:
(formerly Communication and Culture 613)
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Communication and Media Studies 615       Research Methods
A survey of research methods appropriate to the study of communication and media.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3S-0)
Antirequisite(s):
Credit for Communication and Media Studies 615 and Communications Studies 615 will not be allowed.   
Also known as:
(formerly Communication and Culture 615)
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Communication and Media Studies 617       Representation and Identity
An investigation of various issues related to representation and identity, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3S-0)
Antirequisite(s):
Credit for Communication and Media Studies 617 and Culture and Society 603 will not be allowed   
Also known as:
(formerly Communication and Culture 617)
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Communication and Media Studies 619       Communications 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:
3 units; (3S-0)
Antirequisite(s):
Credit for Communication and Media Studies 619 and Communications Studies 619 will not be allowed.   
Also known as:
(formerly Communication and Culture 619)
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Communication and Media Studies 623       Social Contexts of Science and Technology
Theoretical perspectives for understanding central debates in the study of science and technology in their social, political, cultural, and communication contexts.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3S-0)
Also known as:
(formerly Communication and Culture 623)
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Communication and Media Studies 631       Social and Media Activism
A critical overview of how digital media are being taken up by social justice movements and the implications of these new media practices in relation to politics and activism.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3S-0)
Antirequisite(s):
Credit for Communication and Media Studies 631 and Culture and Society 607 will not be allowed.   
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Communication and Media Studies 641       International Communication
An examination of cultural/communication issues and practices in international contexts. Examines the role of media systems in processes of culture, development, and identity formation. 
Course Hours:
3 units; (3S-0)
Antirequisite(s):
Credit for Communication and Media Studies 641 and Communications Studies 641 will not be allowed.    
Also known as:
(formerly Communication and Culture 641) 
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Communication and Media Studies 643       Methods in Film Studies

An examination of key approaches to studying film, including its aesthetic, historical, and theoretical dimensions.


Course Hours:
3 units; (3S-3)
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Communication and Media Studies 645       Media and Democracy

An examination of the role played by media in democratic systems past and present. Draws from classic and contemporary democratic theory to explore the changing positions of traditional and new media, focusing on the interrelationships of media, political institutions and citizenship.


Course Hours:
3 units; (3S-0)
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Communication and Media Studies 647       Communication and Health

Critically exploring the concept of health through the lens of communication, examines cultural and media representations of health, along with questions of health and identity, health promotion and advocacy, health risk and regulation, and social movements.


Course Hours:
3 units; (3S-0)
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Communication and Media Studies 711       Directed Studies
A research project under the direction of a faculty member.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3S-0)
Antirequisite(s):
Credit for Communication and Media Studies 711 and Communications Studies 711 will not be allowed.   
Also known as:
(formerly Communication and Culture 711)
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT  
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Communication and Media Studies 713       PhD Theory Seminar
A seminar that enables PhD students to focus their research interests and to explore theories relevant to their areas of specialization.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3S-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Admission to the Communication and Media Studies PhD program.
Antirequisite(s):
Credit for Communication and Media Studies 713 and Communications Studies 713 will not be allowed.   
Also known as:
(formerly Communication and Culture 713)
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Communication and Media Studies 717       Selected Topics in Communication, Media and Film
A variety of communication, media and film topics based on faculty expertise.
Course Hours:
3 units;  (3S-0)
Also known as:
(formerly Communication and Culture 717)
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
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