Fall 2021 - CMNS 310 E100

Media and Modernity (4)

Class Number: 6099

Delivery Method: In Person

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 4:30 PM – 7:20 PM
    BLU 9660, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 11, 2021
    7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    WMC 3260, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    Two of CMNS 210, 221, 240, both with a minimum grade of C-.

Description

CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:

An examination of the social and cultural influences of media on western social thought with particular reference to the emergence of the concept of modernity. This includes a review of nineteenth and early twentieth century criticisms of modernity associated with romanticism, Marxism, cultural conservatism, fascism, and non-Western social thought.

COURSE DETAILS:

This course will examine the social, cultural, and political roles of media in relation to “modernity” in local and global contexts. The course is devoted to introducing a range of school of thoughts that interrogate how media are shaping and are shaped by modern societies. School of thoughts include Cultural Studies, Frankfurt School, Modernism and Postmodernism, Feminisms, Political Economy of Communication, Critical Development Studies and Communication, Technology Studies, Social Movement and Media, and so forth. Through different conceptual and theoretical perspectives and various empirical studies, students will learn how media and information technologies have evolved and developed in the past century and have reinforced and/or transformed the existing power structures and relations.

Grading

  • Class Participation and Attendance 15%
  • Presentation 20%
  • Midterm Test 20%
  • Essay 25%
  • Final Test (In-Class) 20%

NOTES:

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.]

REQUIREMENTS:

A minimum 2.25 CMNS CGPA and 2.00 overall CGPA, and approval as a communication student is required for entry into most communication upper division courses.

Materials

REQUIRED READING:

Course readings will be provided on Canvas.

Registrar Notes:

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: YOUR WORK, YOUR SUCCESS

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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

TEACHING AT SFU IN FALL 2021

Teaching at SFU in fall 2021 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with approximately 70 to 80 per cent of classes in person/on campus, with safety plans in place.  Whether your course will be in-person or through remote methods will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware 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.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the fall 2021 term.