Summer 2023 - CMNS 110 OL01

Introduction to Communication Studies (3)

Class Number: 1403

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Location: TBA



An introduction to selected theories about human communication. This course is required for a major, honours or minor in communication. Breadth-Social Sciences.


The aim of this course is to provide a general introduction to a range of theories that seek to explain why we communicate as we do. The course establishes a general overview of communication theory, from both theoretical and historical points of view. We will examine the relationship between communication and social consciousness, identity development, and communication as a symbolic and performative act. The course will also focus on specific fields within the area of communication, including: the study of popular culture, media analysis, advertising, journalism, environmental communication, and the political economy of communication. Throughout the course we will also examine the rise of technology studies in communication and consider the ways in which electronic media (including social media) have (and are said to have) refashioned both human consciousness and culture. In this context, we will explore issues of privacy and democracy in the emerging digital culture.


  • Weekly journal reflections (10x3) 30%
  • Online midterm multiple choice exam 22.5%
  • Extended journal reflection (due last day of class) 25%
  • Online final exam (during exam period) 22.5%



Pavlik, John V. & McIntosh, Shawn (2018). Converging media: A new introduction to mass communication (6th edition). New York: Oxford University Press.
ISBN: 9780190646653

*Supplementary readings, videos, and other materials will be made available in each module.

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