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Curriculum | Global Communication
Year 1 At Simon Fraser University
Fall Term (September to December)
CMNS 844-5 Communication and Global Power Shifts
This course examines the mutually constitutive relationship between rapidly transforming global communication systems and shifting structures of global political economic and cultural power. Competing claims of global power shifts between the West and the Rest, between labour and capital, and between established institutions and networked "multitudes" – are analyzed in relation to enduring patterns and emerging dynamics in global communications.
Plus one elective course. Electives may be selected from across the University. Courses within the School of Communications Include:
- CMNS 800-5 Contemporary Approaches in Communication Studies
- CMNS 802-5 History of Communication Theory
- CMNS 804-5 Seminar in Advanced Communication Theory
- CMNS 815-5 Social Construction of Communication Technologies
- CMNS 820-5 Communication, Media and the Concept of the “Public”
- CMNS 830-5 Popular Culture and Media Theory
- CMNS 840-5 Political Economy of Communications
- CMNS 859-5 Acoustic Dimensions of Communications
Spring Term (January to April)
CMNS 848-5 Communication and Global Social Justice
Examines communicative responses to transforming global communications systems and shifting structures of global economic and cultural power. Considers how communicators and producers of knowledge and culture interact with and produce these systems and structures and the implications of these processes for social justice. Note: Priority will be given to students enrolled in Global Communication Double MA Degree program. Students with credit for CMNS 858 (Special Topics: CMNS & Global Social Justice) in Spring 2014 & Spring 2015 may not take this course for further credit
CMNS 881-5 Field Placement Requirement
All Students are required to complete two field placements, one at each university, leading to the submission of a field report to each university. The field report takes the form of a critical essay (15-20 pages) on the experience of the field placement. The field placement involves either a work project or assignment undertaken for a host organization, or an investigation involving observation and field interviews with relevant organizations. Students will spend at least two weeks or equivalent time in the “field” under the supervision of a faculty member who will provide guidance and assess the completed report. At SFU, students complete the field placement requirement by enrolling in CMNS 881-5.
Summer Term (May to August)
CMNS 860-2 Graduate Colloquium in Global Communication
Discussion of essentials of researching, writing, and presenting papers. Students will present drafts of an extended essay for critical review by course supervisor and fellow students. Enrolment restricted to Global Communication Graduate Double Degree Program MA students.
CMNS 894-5 MA Extended Essay
Year 1 Extended Essay at SFU. Approximate word length 10,000 (@250 words/page).
Mandarin classes run throughout the year for students without foundational Mandarin.
Students have access to drop in tutorial sessions, and one-on-one support from the program TA throughout the year.
Members of the 2018 cohort in class in Vancouver.
year 2 at Communications University of China
The academic year at the CUC begins in September and ends in late June. The program requirements at the CUC are as follows:
- Media and Chinese Society: Theory, History, and Practice
- Comparative Asian Media Systems and Regional Markets
- Intercultural Communication: Theory, Experiences and Reflections
- Chinese language and culture (for non-Mandarin speakers)
- Directed Reading: thesis development
- Chinese politics, culture and society
Members of the 2017 cohort in class in Beijing.