Spring 2021 - CMNS 221 D100
Media and Popular Cultures (3)
Class Number: 2860
Delivery Method: Remote
Course Times + Location:
Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
Exam Times + Location:
Apr 17, 2021
12:00 PM – 12:00 PM
TAKE HOME-EXAM, Burnaby
1 778 782-7440
Prerequisites:CMNS 110 and 130.
Focuses on communication for social change; historical and contemporary perspectives in consumer culture; technology, media and popular culture; media and identity; and communication as public education.
This course is an introduction to and survey of the study of popular culture and communication, with a specific focus on the social and cultural dimensions of media and media environments. The course examines media-audience relations in regard to critical issues and controversies in media, society and popular culture. A broad range of themes will structure our investigation, including: communication and social change; citizenship, media and culture; the rise of industrial capitalism and the emergence of consumer cultures; controversies and practices of technology in media cultures; theories of mass culture and society; the nature and role of audiences in contemporary media culture; the dominance of visual/image culture in contemporary life; problems in relation to modernism, postmodernism and popular culture; globalization; media, identities and urban life; and communication as public education. Besides course readings, we will also look closely at various films, examples of popular music, and other forms of visual culture as part of our investigation.
- Creative Assignment 20%
- Term Paper 35%
- Term Paper Outline 5%
- Final Take home exam 25%
- Study Group (Participation and review) 15%
Course readings, media and other materials are available on our course CANVAS site
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TEACHING AT SFU IN SPRING 2021
Teaching at SFU in spring 2021 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (email@example.com or 778-782-3112).