Fall 2022 - CMNS 221 E100

Media and Popular Cultures (3)

Class Number: 1136

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 5:30 PM – 7:20 PM
    HCC 1900, Vancouver

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 12, 2022
    11:59 PM – 11:59 PM
    TAKE HOME-EXAM, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    Nine CMNS units with a minimum grade of C-.



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. In addition to course readings, we will also look closely at various films, examples of popular music, and other forms of audio/visual culture as part of our investigation.


  • Creative Assignment 15%
  • Research Paper Outline 20%
  • Research Paper 30%
  • Take-Home Final Exam 20%
  • Tutorial Participation 10%
  • Peer Review 5%



Course readings, media, and other materials will be available on Canvas.


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