Summer 2024 - CMNS 253W OL01

Introduction to Information Technology: The New Media (3)

Class Number: 1891

Delivery Method: Online


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  • Prerequisites:

    Nine CMNS units with a minimum grade of C-.



An introduction to new communication/information technologies, seen as new media of communication: the technologies, their uses, and the social issues arising from them. Students with credit for CMNS 253 may not take this course for further credit. Writing.


An introduction to the study of technology and society using new media as its focus. A number of approaches (theories and methods) to the study of new media and information technology will be introduced, along with an examination of the social,
cultural, and economic implications of new media in our information-intensive, network-driven and social softwareenhanced 21st century. Students will engage in activities designed to enhance their ability and understanding of important
skills (“literacies”) in collaborative media.

Course Topics:
1   Introduction to the Course
2   Introduction to New Media
3   The History of New Media
4   Approaches to New Media
5   Mobile New Media
6   Mid-Term Exam
7   Social Networks and Participatory Culture
8   Digital Creativity
9   Truth and Misinformation
10 Global Knowledge Economy
11 Internet Law
12 Conclusion


  • Weekly short assignments via the discussion group (10 @ 3% each) 30%
  • Three longer assignments (see Canvas for details) 35%
  • Mid-Term Exam 15%
  • Final Exam 20%


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). For further information see:



New Media: An Introduction,
by Terry Flew and Richard Smith. 4th Edition. 2021 Oxford
University Press.

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity website is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating. Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

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.