Summer 2023 - CMNS 240 D100

The Political Economy of Communication (3)

Class Number: 1178

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
    HCC 1700, Vancouver

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Aug 12, 2023
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    HCC 1325, Vancouver

  • Prerequisites:

    Nine CMNS units with a minimum grade of C-.



Examination of the political and economic processes that have generated the policies and structures of mass media, telecommunications and related industries; the relationship between the dichotomies of state and market, citizen and consumer, capitalism and democracy, global and local, and sovereignty and globalization in media industries and policies; overview of influences on State and international policies towards the media.


This course will introduce the scholarship of political economy and how the framework can be applied to the study of media, communication industries, and cultural production. Some of the fundamental questions we will address are: How to understand the relationship between media and information technologies and capitalism and neoliberal globalization? What have been the political-economic and socio-cultural implications and consequences of the current digitalization and platformization? Students will be introduced to key concepts, including political economy, digital capitalism, audience commodity, feminist political economy, sharing economy, gig economy, outsourcing, precarious labor, among others. The course is focused on broad socialhistorical processes and macro-structural issues. It also relates political economic analysis to our daily experiences and our roles as consumers and citizens in a media and commodity-saturated capitalist society.


  • Class Attendance 10%
  • Class Participation 10%
  • Mid-Term Test 30%
  • Quizzes 20%
  • Final Essay 30%



Course readings will be available on Canvas (under the section of “files”).

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