Fall 2019 - CMNS 110 C100

Introduction to Communication Studies (3)

Class Number: 3385

Delivery Method: Distance Education


  • Course Times + Location:

    Distance Education

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Oct 22, 2019
    7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    WMC 3260, Burnaby

    Dec 6, 2019
    12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
    SSCK 9500, Burnaby



An introduction to selected theories about human communication. This course is required for a major, honours or minor in communication. Breadth-Social Sciences.


The aims of this course are to provide a general introduction to a range of theories that seek to explain why we communicate as we do and to critically assess the images and messages of contemporary media. The first part of the course establishes a general overview of communication theory from both theoretical and historical points of view. The second part of the course will focus on specific fields within the area of communications such as popular culture and film studies .


  • Online Discussions 10%
  • Assignments 40%
  • Mid-term exam 25%
  • Final Exam 25%



Introduction to Communication Studies (2012, 3rd ed.), McCarron.

ISBN: 9781256498384

Encyclopedic Dictionary of Semiotics, Media and Communications (2000), Danesi.

ISBN: 9780802083296

Centre for Online and Distance Education Notes:

All  courses are delivered through Canvas unless noted otherwise on the course outline.

Required Readings listed on the course outlines are the responsibility of the student to purchase. Textbooks are available for purchase at the SFU Bookstore on the Burnaby campus or online through the Bookstore's website.

All CODE courses have an Additional Course Fee of $40

Exams are scheduled to be written on the SFU Burnaby campus at the noted time and date (unless noted as a take-home exam). 
If your course has a take-home exam, please refer to Canvas for further details. 

Students are responsible for following all Exam Policies and Procedures (e.g., missing an exam due to illness).

This course outline was accurate at the time of publication but is subject to change. Please check your course details in your online delivery method, such as Canvas.

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Registrar Notes:

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