This program offers a unique concentration of courses enabling students to focus on the conceptual framework, technique and practice of creating, sustaining and evaluating dialogue. The relationship of dialogue with public issues is highlighted, along with the role and effect of dialogue in various forms such as co-operation, controversy and confrontation.
This program, along with another minor or extended minor in a relevant department, may be completed as part of a Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, or Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology BA degree.
Admission is subject to enrollment limitations.
Applicants will have a minimum 3.00 cumulative grade point average (CGPA) or transfer CGPA upon completion of 50 units at Simon Fraser University and/or transfer units. A minimum 2.75 CGPA is required to remain in good standing. Those who do not maintain this requirement may be dropped from the program, but may apply for readmission at a later date.
Upper Division Requirements
Students complete a total of 19 upper division units, including either Path A or B (see below), and
Focuses on the practical tools and conceptual approaches used in dialogue, with comparisons of the role and impact of dialogue among community, government, corporate, union, First Nations, legal-regulatory, advocacy groups and organizations. Emphasis is on interaction among interest groups and stakeholders, cultures of negotiation and decision-making, techniques of facilitation, and strategies for effective outcomes. This course can be repeated for credit up to a maximum of three times, if topic studied is different. Prerequisite: 75 units, including at least two of CMNS 332, 347, 425, 432, 437, 447; DIAL 390W, 391W, or 392W. Students with credit for DIAL 460 may not take this course for further credit.
In addition to the requirements listed above, students choosing this path must also complete all of
The Dialogue component of the Semester in Dialogue will immerse students in the art and practice of thinking and communicating. The focus will be on strategies and methods to use in understanding diverse perspectives. Students will have an opportunity to expand their verbal and written communication skills as well as explore dialogue as a developing academic field. Prerequisite: 45 units. Students should apply prior to the term in which they wish to enrol. Students can be accepted into either the Summer Institute in Dialogue (DIAL 390W and 391W, 10 units) or the Semester in Dialogue (fall or spring term, DIAL 390W, 391W and 392W, 15 units), but not both. Writing/Breadth-Hum/Soc Sci.
Mo, Tu, We, Th, Fr 9:30 AM – 4:40 PM
HCC 3050, Vancouver
Topics covered each term will vary, but generally each course will examine a subject that encourages broad approaches and probes provocative issues. The course will consist of discussions led by faculty, frequent visits from relevant off-campus experts, a heavy reading load, and a number of individual and group student projects. Learning will be active rather than passive, stimulating students to research, explore and discuss rather than following a lecture format. Prerequisite: 45 units. Students should apply prior to the term in which they wish to enrol. Students can be accepted into either the Summer Institute in Dialogue (DIAL 390W and 391W, 10 units) or the Semester in Dialogue (fall or spring semester, DIAL 390W, 391W and 392W, 15 units) but not both. Writing/Breadth-Hum/Soc Sci.
For their final project, each student will produce a manuscript suitable for submission to a major public media outlet on a topic relevant to the course focus for that term. Prerequisite: 45 units. Students should apply prior to the term in which they wish to enrol. Students can be accepted into either the Summer Institute in Dialogue (DIAL 390W and 391W, 10 units) or the Semester in Dialogue (fall or spring semester, DIAL 390W, 391W and 392W, 15 units), but not both. Writing/Breadth-Hum/Soc Sci.
In addition to the requirements listed above, students choosing this path must also complete
Students work under faculty supervision in a placement where dialogue is planned or where dialogue occurs. Arrangements are the responsibility of the student, and enrollment is limited. This course can be repeated for credit up to a maximum of three times, if topic studied is different. Prerequisite: 75 units including CMNS 460.
and three of
An examination of rhetoric and persuasion in the context of communication studies. Several classical accounts of persuasion and rhetoric are examined in order to develop a fuller understanding of the promotional ethos of the modern age. How different institutional modes of persuasive discourse have been shaped by a variety of research agendas and underlying theories about human nature is also studied. Prerequisite: 45 units including one of CMNS 220, 221, 223W, or 235.
An advanced seminar in applied communication that focuses on the research and strategic design of media messages, campaigns and programs for public awareness, education, and social change. This course involves the application of theories and approaches in critical media analysis to the tasks of media design and media use for public understanding, engagement and participation around social issues. Prerequisite: 75 units, including CMNS 221; and one of CMNS 201 (or 260), CMNS 202 (or 262) or CMNS 261.
Examines the core paradox of the political discourse in a democratic society today. Despite rising levels of education and citizen access to 24-hour news, public affairs and contemporary forms of satire, voting turnout in most advanced democracies is declining. We look at how politics is defined and meaning is mediated within the communicative public sphere during and between elections. Prerequisite: 75 units including at least two CMNS or DIAL upper division courses. Students with credit for CMNS 486 under this topic may not take this course for further credit.
An advanced seminar on the normative debates, social bases, and strategic potential for media democratization in the context of economically developed liberal democracies like Canada and the United States. This course complements other courses which critically examine state communication policies and the political economy and allegedly ideological character of corporate media. Here, we focus on campaigns and movements in civil society to define and build alternative communicative forms based on equality, democratic participation and/or human rights. Prerequisite: 75 units, including CMNS 235, 240 or 331. Students with credit for CMNS 428 or 487 under the same title may not take this course for further credit.
This course provides frameworks and tools with which to understand and evaluate negotiation as a form of communication. The objective of the course is to provide an understanding of the role of communication in the negotiating process, and the consequences of different kinds of negotiation strategies in intercultural, international, competitive, and conflictual situations. It combines theoretical discussion with practical case studies, involves guest negotiators and analysts, and provides an appreciation of the world-wide scale and importance of negotiation as a basis for clarifying relationships. Prerequisite: 75 units, including CMNS 347, and at least one other CMNS or DIAL upper division course.
Prerequisites for the above-mentioned CMNS courses may be waived in consultation with an undergraduate advisor.
Course Credit in Other Programs
Upper division CMNS courses completed for the Dialogue Minor may not count as part of the CMNS units for an honours, joint major, major, extended minor or minor (in communication).
Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements
Students admitted to Simon Fraser University beginning in the fall 2006 term must meet writing, quantitative and breadth requirements as part of any degree program they may undertake. See Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements for university-wide information.
WQB Graduation Requirements
A grade of C- or better is required to earn W, Q or B credit
|W - Writing||
|Must include at least one upper division course, taken at Simon Fraser University within the student’s major subject|
|Q - Quantitative||
|Q courses may be lower or upper division|
|B - Breadth||
|Designated Breadth||Must be outside the student’s major subject, and may be lower or upper division
6 units Social Sciences: B-Soc
6 units Humanities: B-Hum
6 units Sciences: B-Sci
|Additional Breadth||6 units outside the student’s major subject (may or may not be B-designated courses, and will likely help fulfil individual degree program requirements)
Students choosing to complete a joint major, joint honours, double major, two extended minors, an extended minor and a minor, or two minors may satisfy the breadth requirements (designated or not designated) with courses completed in either one or both program areas.