Fall 2019 - CMNS 334 D100

Cultural Policy (4)

Class Number: 3442

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
    HCC 1325, Vancouver

  • Prerequisites:

    One of CMNS 201 (or 260), 202 (or 262), or 261; and one of CMNS 230 or 240.



Examination of the modern foundations and current policy processes of federal, provincial and municipal policies for the arts, cultural industries and heritage. Related social policies, such as bilingualism and multiculturalism, and the international context of Canadian cultural policy, will also be addressed.



What is cultural policy, and why does it matter? How can you, as a student and citizen, support the cultural activities you think are valuable? Why might decisions made about Canadian culture nearly two hundred years ago--or in a trade agreement signed tomorrow--influence how you are educated, what kinds of media you have access to, or what languages you know?

In this course, you will learn to answer these questions by looking at how Canadian citizens, artists and creators, politicians, volunteers, and entrepreneurs have affected our cultural values and cultural institutions over time. Through the course assignments, including a research paper, you will have the opportunity to connect local and contemporary cultural issues to laws and policies of all levels of government in Canada, as well as to international agreements.

The policies that will be covered include: language; citizenship and immigration; the media; cultural industries; the arts; and cultural planning in urban and rural settings. Throughout the course we will see how globalization has shaped policy directions in Canada and abroad, and we will compare Canada to other countries. Students are strongly encouraged to relate the course content to their own cultural practices and experiences.


  • Presentation 15%
  • Mid-Term Exam 15%
  • Final Exam 15%
  • Journal 15%
  • Research Paper 40%


The school expects that the grades awarded in this course will bear some reasonable relation to established university-wide practices with respect to both levels and distribution of grades. In addition, the School will follow Policy S10.01 with respect to Academic Integrity, and Policies S10.02, S10.03 and S10.04 as regards Student Discipline. [Note: as of May 1, 2009 the previous T10 series of policies covering Intellectual Honesty (T10.02) and Academic Discipline (T10.03) have been replaced with the new S10 series of policies.]

A minimum CMNS CGPA, and 2.00 overall CGPA, and approval as a communication student is required for entry into most communication upper division courses.



Required readings will be available on Canvas, and will be supplemented by Library Reserves.

Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html