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Communication Courses

CMNS 110 - Introduction to Communication Studies (3)

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

CMNS 130 - Communication and Social Change (3)

An introduction to the forms, theories and institutions of communication as they relate to broader social change, with a focus on the political, economic and regulatory shifts characterizing Canadian and transnational media systems. This course is required for a major, honours or minor in communication.

CMNS 201 - Empirical Communication Research Methods (4)

An introduction to empirical research methods in diverse traditions of communication enquiry. Some methods recognize communication as everyday interactions; others analyze communication as a process; still others blend traditional scientific empiricism with analytical and critical methods derived from the arts and humanities. Topics include: ethics, paradigms, conceptualizing and operationalizing research, sampling, interviews, surveys, unobtrusive observation, content analysis, and the role of statistics in communication research. Prerequisite: 24 units, and CMNS 110 and 130. Students with credit for CMNS 260 may not take CMNS 201 for further credit. Quantitative.

CMNS 202 - Design and Method in Qualitative Communication Research (4)

An introduction to interpretive approaches in communication inquiry. Topics include ethics, paradigms, conceptualizing the research process, documentary research, historical methods, discourse or textual analysis, ethnographic research, and performative research. Prerequisite: 24 units, and CMNS 110 and 130. Students with credit for CMNS 262 may not take CMNS 202 for further credit.

CMNS 210 - Media History (3)

An assessment of the social implications of developments in information technology from prehistory to the middle of the 20th century. Topics include: the origins of symbolic representation; the oral tradition; the significance of different systems of writing and numeration; the consequences of print; and the initial changes brought about by electronic media. Prerequisite: CMNS 110.

CMNS 220 - Understanding Television (3)

This course examines television, both as a medium of communication and an element of culture. Prerequisite: CMNS 110 and 130.

CMNS 221 - Media and Popular Cultures (3)

Focuses on communication for social change; historical and contemporary perspectives in consumer culture; technology, media and popular culture; media and identity; and communication as public education. Prerequisite: CMNS 110 and 130.

CMNS 223W - Advertising as Social Communication (3)

An interdisciplinary examination of the significance of advertising as a social message system in our consumer society. The course proposes an analytical method for appreciating the changing styles and functions of advertising in the 20th century. Prerequisite: CMNS 110 and 130. Students with credit for CMNS 223 may not take this course for further credit. Writing.

CMNS 226 - Digital Media Communication Techniques (3)

This course introduces students to a variety of digital media communication technologies and techniques, including image and sound capturing and manipulation, Internet-based publishing and research, digitizing, editing and archiving. Design and management tasks involved in communicating using digital media are also introduced, including audio and video editing and processing, data integrity management, file structuring and packaging, and work presentation. Prerequisite: CMNS 110 and 130. CMNS 220 recommended.

CMNS 230 - The Cultural Industries in Canada: Global Context (3)

What do we mean when we talk about the 'cultural industries' today? This course explores the business structure and economics of the cultural sectors, the regulatory and policy frameworks, and their social and cultural contexts. Students are encouraged to develop, compare and contrast at least two sectors from the audio, print or visual industries. While the primary focus is on the Canadian case, students will be encouraged to look at other countries. Overriding themes explore the following: relationships between public and private sectors; independent and commercial creators; rights of creators versus distributors; specialty and general media; indigenous and global contents. Prerequisite: CMNS 130.

CMNS 235 - News Media, the Public, and Democracy (3)

Introduces students to the study of the relationship between public communication, information media practices and structures, and democracy. Examines the role of media and communication in existing and emerging democratic contexts, including print and electronic journalism, alternative media, public spheres, and the challenges of constructing and maintaining a democratic media and communication environment in Canadian and global contexts. Prerequisite: CMNS 130.

CMNS 240 - The Political Economy of Communication (3)

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. Prerequisite: CMNS 110 and 130.

CMNS 247 - International Communication (3)

Topics covered may include Internet governance, the global news media, globalization of cultures, intellectual property and trade law, cyberwar, and the changing role of the state. Prerequisite: CMNS 110 and 130.

CMNS 253W - Introduction to Information Technology: The New Media (3)

An introduction to new communication/information technologies, seen as new media of communication: the technologies, their uses, and the social issues arising from them. Prerequisite: CMNS 110 or 130. Students with credit for CMNS 253 may not take this course for further credit. Writing.

CMNS 258 - History of Sound in Media (3)

An introduction to audio representation technology and a survey of the history of major sound-based media, including a discussion of the way sound design conventions have developed over time. Students both analyze sound in media and create audio-based applied projects. Specific techniques of field recording, interviewing, editing, sound processing, multi-tracking, and basic digital audio techniques will be explored using the school's studio facilities. Breadth-Humanities/Social Sciences.

CMNS 259 - Sound Studies I: Listening, Culture and Society (3)

An introduction to sound as a communications medium and listening as a cultural as well as perpetual practice. Designed to develop the student's perception and understanding of sound and its behaviour in the interpersonal, social, environmental, media and creative fields. Explores a variety of cultural themes related to sound and listening with special reference to acoustic design and sonic environments. Breadth-Humanities/Social Sciences.

CMNS 261 - Documentary Research in Communication (3)

Media and communication studies often utilize historical, governmental and corporate records. The course introduces the techniques necessary to analyze the primary source documents. Topics include: ethics; documentary discourse analysis; Canadian and international documentary searches on NGOs, governments, corporations; writing of policy briefs. Prerequisite: CMNS 110 or 130.

CMNS 286 - Selected Topics (3)

Analysis of a particular topic in the general area of communication. This course can be repeated for credit up to a maximum of three times, if topic studied is different. Prerequisite: CMNS 110 and 130.

CMNS 287 - Selected Topics (3)

Analysis of a particular topic in the general area of communication. This course can be repeated for credit up to a maximum of three times, if topic studied is different. Prerequisite: CMNS 110 and 130.

CMNS 304W - Communication in Everyday Life (4)

An examination of a range of theories of everyday language focused on specific forms of discursive practice, including gossip, humour, religion, and sarcasm. Prerequisite: 45 units, including one of CMNS 220, 221, 223, 223W, 235. Students with credit for CMNS 304 may not take this course for further credit. Writing.

CMNS 310 - Media and Modernity (4)

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. Prerequisite: Two of CMNS 210, 221, 240.

CMNS 321 - Cultural Production of Popular Music (4)

Examination of the cultural production of popular music with emphasis on the relationship between the nature and strategies of popular music production and the patterns of its audience consumption. Prerequisite: One of CMNS 220, 221 or 223W.

CMNS 322 - Documentary Media (4)

Introduction to the history and theory of documentary film, focusing on a range of examples from the 1920's to the present. Explores the shifting definition of documentary and realism. Prerequisite: 60 units including CMNS 220; or FPA 135, 136 or 137. Students with credit for CMNS 386 with the topic "Problems in Documentary" may not take this course for further credit.

CMNS 323W - Cultural Dimensions in Advertising (4)

A cultural-historical examination of contemporary advertising practices as well as a critical exploration of their impact upon different aspects of the consumer society, such as children's culture, pharmaceutical marketing, globalization, political communication and new media. Prerequisite: 45 units including one of CMNS 220, 221, 223W, 226, 230, 235, or 240. Writing.

CMNS 324 - Media, Sports and Popular Culture (4)

An examination of the changing relationships between media, sport and popular culture in both a North American and a global context. Topics include the political economy of sports media, media sports production and ideology, sports in the digital economy, sports audiences and consumption, sporting mega events and global spectacle. Prerequisite: Two of CMNS 210, 220, 221, 223 (or 223W), or 240. Cannot be taken for further credit if student has taken CMNS 386 under same title.

CMNS 325 - Visualization and Visual Culture in Communication (4)

Investigates both theories and techniques of visualization design, visual culture, and visual communication. Themes covered in the course include: theories of visualization in relation to communication studies; methodologies for studying the interplay of technology, culture and media in visual studies and visual communication design; analysis of imaging conventions and innovations in the context of contemporary global communication; and visual communication in diverse cultural contexts. This is a laboratory-based course, requiring the completion of practical assignments that apply the ideas and theories presented in lectures and readings. Prerequisite: 60 units including two CMNS, IAT or FPA upper division courses. Students with credit for CMNS 387 offered with subtitle "Visualization" may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.

CMNS 326 - Applied Media Workshop: On the Hill (4)

This laboratory course provides an opportunity for students to produce the School of Communication's web based news magazine and documentary program 'On The Hill'. Students will draw on their understanding of public communication in democracies and media analysis skills to create new and innovative visual and aural journalism. In addition, students will learn to build teamwork skills as they produce segments for the shows in groups. The course seminars will emphasize communication design, and the social and ethical issues which arise when working with documentary and news material for public dissemination. Prerequisite: CMNS 226 or 235; or permission of the instructor.

CMNS 327 - Media, Learning, and Social Change (4)

Examines the institutional associations between media and learning across a range of cultural practices. Specific attention is given to research examining young people's informal learning in relation to various media forms, and also addressed is how electronic and digital media have been used in a range of learning settings to convey information, and to promote understanding and social change. Prerequisite: 60 units, including one of CMNS 210, 220, 221, 223 (or 223W), 230, 235, 240 or 253 (or 253W). Students with credit for CMNS 387 (taken in Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, or Spring 2014 semesters) may not take this course for further credit.

CMNS 331 - News Discourse as Political Communication (4)

An examination of journalism and the news media as a set of institutions with important political and ideological roles. The course overviews theoretical perspectives and applies selected theoretical concepts to such topics as: influences on media content, how news generates meaning, ideological aspects of media frames, and the evaluation of journalism's performance in relation to normative expectations of democratic political communication. Prerequisite: at least one of CMNS 235 or 240.

CMNS 332 - Communication and Rhetoric (4)

An examination of rhetoric and persuasion in the context of communication studies. Several classical accounts of persuasion and rhetoric are examined in order to develop a fuller understanding of the promotional ethos of the modern age. How different institutional modes of persuasive discourse have been shaped by a variety of research agendas and underlying theories about human nature is also studied. Prerequisite: 60 units including two of CMNS 220, 221, or 223 (or 223W). Cannot repeat this course for credit if taken as CMNS 286-3 in 2003-4.

CMNS 333 - Broadcast Policy, Law and Regulation in a Global Context (4)

Television, in various formats, in Canada, is traditionally seen as important to political and cultural self-determination. The production, financing, and distribution of information and entertainment TV services are restructuring, with profound consequences for broadcast law and regulation in global markets. The rudiments of strategic analysis of stakeholders, companies, industrial sectors (strengths, weaknesses, threats, opportunities) and technical policy writing and interventions will be covered. A simulation will be staged around a convergence theme drawn from the contemporary regulatory agenda in Canada. Prerequisite: CMNS 230 or 240; and 261.

CMNS 334 - Cultural Policy (4)

Examination of the modern foundations and current policy processes of federal, provincial and municipal policies for the arts, cultural industries and heritage. Related social policies, such as bilingualism and multiculturalism, and the international context of Canadian cultural policy, will also be addressed. Prerequisite: CMNS 261 and one of CMNS 230 or 240.

CMNS 342 - Science and Public Policy: Risk Communication (4)

The course examines communication in the relation between science (technology) and public policy, and more particularly, in the evaluation of risk. Prerequisite: Two of CMNS 260, 261, or 262.

CMNS 346 - Development Communication (4)

An introduction to different ways of thinking about the role that communication plays in development including both historical and contemporary thought. The course will explore the nature and causes of unequal opportunities for economic growth, human security, environmental sustainability and social resilience, focusing on the contributions of the information economy and knowledge society. It provides a workshop for development and communication practices. Prerequisite: 60 units including CMNS 240 or 247. Students with credit for CMNS 345 may not complete this course for further credit.

CMNS 347 - Communication in Conflict and Intervention (4)

The role of communication, and in particular the mass media, in various types of conflict and the uses of communication-based strategies in the intervention, arbitration and mediation of those conflicts. Prerequisite: 60 units including CMNS 110 and 130. Recommended: CMNS 247 and 362.

CMNS 348 - Globalization and Media (4)

Examines the dynamic global transformations in media, including print, broadcast, film, and digital media in a broad international and comparative context. Investigates globalization as a critical concept and considers media in the long history of globalization. Focuses on political, cultural, and technological issues addressed by media and globalization at the turn of the 21st Century. Prerequisite: 60 units including at least two of CMNS 210, 220, 221, 223 (or 223W), 230, 235, 240, or 253 (or 253W). Students who have taken CMNS 387 with the subtitle "Globalization and Media" may not take this course for further credit.

CMNS 349 - Environment, Media and Communication (4)

An examination of how media, culture and communication shape public opinion and behaviour about environmental issues such as global warming, (un)sustainable resource use and pollution, with special attention to the impact of practices such as advertising, public relations, science and risk communication, journalism and advocacy communication upon public discourse about the environment, and the role of dialogue and deliberation in mediating and resolving conflict over environmental issues. Prerequisite: 60 units, including at least one upper division course in CMNS, DIAL, EVSC, GEOG or BlSC. Students with credit for CMNS 388 (in Summer 2010, Spring 2011, or Summer 2012) may not take this course for further credit.

CMNS 353 - Topics in Technology and Society (4)

Examination of the emergence and shaping of information and communication technologies in the digital age. Explores new media and social change between everyday life, social institutions, and various enterprises. Emphasis is placed on social context and relations of power. May repeat for credit if topic studied is different. Prerequisite: CMNS 253W and one of CMNS 260 or 262. Recommended: CMNS 362.

CMNS 354 - Communication and Social Issues in Design (4)

This course will explore social issues and values in designing technology, through a focus on both the objects and processes of design. Emphasis will be placed on communication between participants in the design process, and identification of social issues and values that influence design. Students will work in cross-disciplinary groups during labs. Lab exercises will emphasize making decisions that occur during the design process explicit, and making values that enter into design processes explicit. Prerequisite: 60 units, including two of CMNS 253 (or 253W), 362, 363; FPA 310, 387; IAT 206, 235, 333.

CMNS 356 - Communication to Mitigate Disasters (4)

An introduction to the special role communication and information systems play in efforts to mitigate effects of major emergencies and disasters. Topics include: Canadian and international disaster management programs, practices and issues; principles of emergency communication planning and operation, and the application and influence of new communication and information technologies (including electronic networks) in hazard information gathering, interpretation, exchange and management. Prerequisite: 60 units, including two of CMNS 230, 240, and 253 (or 253W). Students with credit for CMNS 456 may not take this course for further credit.

CMNS 357 - Audio Media Analysis (4)

An intensive analysis of the design and function of audio in all forms of electroacoustic media, including both historical analog and contemporary digital forms of communication. Gives specific attention to sound design in film, television, radio, advertising, gaming, online and other types of media soundtracks. The structure of broadcast media is considered as well as surrogate listening environments, the sound recording as document, patterns and functions of electroacoustic media usage in daily life, and alternative uses of audio media. The format of the course will be seminars with accompanying labs in order to cover both the theoretical and applied aspects of media analysis. Prerequisite: CMNS 258 or CMNS 226 or equivalent introductory media course with permission of the Instructor. Students who have completed CMNS 386-4 in Spring 2008, 2009 or 2010 may not complete this course for further credit.

CMNS 358 - Sound Recording: Theory and Design (4)

An intermediate level studio workshop to develop the student's skills in sound production with an understanding of the communicational implications of sound design. Audio theory and its applications in both the digital and analog formats will be presented, along with practical studio techniques for stereo and multi-channel sound production. Prerequisite: CMNS 258 (or equivalent) with a grade of B or higher, and approval of instructor.

CMNS 359 - Sound Studies II: Researching with Sound (4)

Building on Sound Studies I (CMNS 259), this seminar and lab course is designed to support intermediate level project work in the field of sound studies using communications approaches as well as reflexive ethnography. Surveys a wide range of theory and research practices associated with orality and oral communication, auditory perception, systems for measurement and evaluation of sound, soundwalking and sound art practice, audio techniques and formats in music production, sound design, soundmapping hearing prostheses, and data sonification. Prerequisite: CMNS 259.

CMNS 362 - Evaluation Methods for Applied Communication Research (6)

Research design and techniques for the study of the introduction, uses and consequences of new media and technologies, new communication policies and practices in their socio-economic and cultural context, and communication in innovation and change. Prerequisite: 60 units including CMNS 253 (or 253W), and two of CMNS 260, 261 or 262.

CMNS 386 - Special Topics in Communication (4)

Intensive analysis of a particular topic in the general area of communication. This course can be repeated for credit up to a maximum of three times, if topic studied is different. Prerequisite: Depends on topic, published before enrollment.

CMNS 387 - Special Topics in Communication (4)

Intensive analysis of a particular topic in the general area of communication. This course can be repeated for credit up to a maximum of three times, if topic studied is different. Prerequisite: Depends on topic, published before enrollment.

CMNS 388 - Special Topics in Communication (4)

Intensive analysis of a particular topic in the general area of communication. This course can be repeated for credit up to a maximum of three times, if topic studied is different. Prerequisite: Depends on topic; published before enrollment.

CMNS 395 - Communication Practicum I (3)

First term of work experience in the School of Communication's Co-operative Education Program. Units from this course do not count towards the units required for an SFU degree. Graded as pass/fail (P/F). Prerequisite: Complete Bridging Online at least two terms before anticipated co-op placement. Students must then enroll with the co-op program by the second week of the term preceding the work term of application, and have a minimum GPA of 2.7.

CMNS 396 - Communication Practicum II (3)

The second term of work experience in the School of Communication's Co-operative Education Program. Units from this course do not count towards the units required for an SFU degree. Graded as pass/fail (P/F). Prerequisite: CMNS 395.

CMNS 408 - Communication Network Project Group (4)

An advanced workshop in network analysis focused on applied research. This course can be repeated for credit up to a maximum of three times, if topic studied is different. Prerequisite: Two upper division CMNS courses and permission of the instructor.

CMNS 410 - Media and Ideology (4)

An advanced seminar which explores intersections between communications, media studies and social theory through an in-depth history of the concept of ideology. Prerequisite: 75 units, including CMNS 310. CMNS 331 and SA 327 recommended. Students who have taken CMNS 422 may not take this course for further credit.

CMNS 423 - Globalization: Cultural Issues (4)

Explores the cultural dimension of global flows of capital and data, comparing, on the one hand, the consequences of increased mobility and, on the other hand, the drive towards increased control and immobility of displaced populations. Examines how the tightening of national boundaries and economic and political processes of globalization have left populations "placeless" whether because of war, environmental disaster, etc. Looks at the ways in which these groups make sense of their displacement and immobility through narratives, stories and images, focusing on issues of power and the destruction of social life. Prerequisite: 75 units including CMNS 221 or 223 (or 223W); and two CMNS upper division courses; and CGPA of 3.00 or higher. Students who have taken CMNS 487 in terms 1051, 1057 and 1081 cannot take this course for further credit.

CMNS 424 - Colonialism, Culture and Identity (4)

Examines why identity is such an important issue for contemporary diasporic communities and former colonies. Introduces students to critiques of representations that construct "racialized" groups as inferior, primitive threats to civilization and their constitution of passive, disciplined subjects. Primarily focuses on innovative cultural strategies developed in Indigenous People, the Black diaspora, Asian/Canadian communities and survivors of the Jewish Holocaust to create ethical communities and critique the impact of colonial violence on contemporary societies. Prerequisite: 75 units including CMNS 221 or 223 (or 223W); and two CMNS upper division courses; and CGPA of 3.00 or higher. Students who have taken CMNS 487 in terms 1037, 1047 and 1067 cannot take this course for further credit.

CMNS 425 - Applied Communication for Social Issues (4)

An advanced seminar in applied communication that focuses on the research and strategic design of media messages, campaigns and programs for public awareness, education, and social change. This course involves the application of theories and approaches in critical media analysis to the tasks of media design and media use for public understanding, engagement and participation around social issues. Prerequisite: 75 units, including CMNS 221; and one of CMNS 260, 261 or 262.

CMNS 426 - Video Design for Social Communication (4)

This workshop examines the growing role that video is playing in a variety of public relations, industrial, advocacy and educational contexts. The emphasis of this course is on issues of communication design in relation to the goals and values in specific communication forums. Prerequisite: 75 units, including CMNS 226 and two of CMNS 220, 326, 358.

CMNS 427 - Participatory Youth Media Cultures (4)

Examines the nature, meaning and pedagogical implications of participatory media cultures, including their relationship to the development of a digitally literate citizenry. Participatory cultures involve social, cultural and economic relations and practices that change the meaning of literacy, learning, and possibilities for socio political change. These developments are examined with a view to how they shape young people's lives. Prerequisite: 75 units, and CMNS 327 or CMNS 387 (with the topic "Media and Education"). Students with credit for CMNS 487 (taken in Summer 2009, Summer 2010, Summer 2011, or Summer 2012 semesters) may not complete this course for further credit.

CMNS 428 - Media Analysis Project Group (4)

An advanced workshop in media analysis focused on applied research. This course can be repeated for credit up to a maximum of three times, if topic studied is different. Prerequisite: Two upper division CMNS courses and permission of the instructor.

CMNS 431 - News Research and Analysis (4)

Applied research seminar using techniques of textual and contextual analysis to test media themes and explore patterns of coverage and omission in Canada's news media. Students may have an opportunity to publicize their work through the NewsWatch Canada Project. Prerequisite: Instructor's permission, normally granted on the basis of a CGPA of at least 3.0, and 75 units, including one of CMNS 235 or 331, and one of CMNS 261 or 363.

CMNS 432 - Political Communication, Public Opinion and Political Marketing (4)

Examines the core paradox of the political discourse in a democratic society today. Despite rising levels of education and citizen access to 24-hour news, public affairs and contemporary forms of satire, voting turnout in most advanced democracies is declining. We look at how politics is defined and meaning is mediated within the communicative public sphere during and between elections. Prerequisite: 75 units including at least two CMNS or DIAL upper division courses. Students with credit for CMNS 486 under this topic may not take this course for further credit.

CMNS 433 - Issues in Communication and Cultural Policy (4)

Advanced seminar on current issues in communication policy. Topics will be selected from among current policy issues in local, national and international aspects of broadcasting, the cultural industries, the arts and heritage. Prerequisite: 75 units, including CMNS 333 or 334.

CMNS 437 - Media Democratization: From Critique to Transformation (4)

An advanced seminar on the normative debates, social bases, and strategic potential for media democratization in the context of economically developed liberal democracies like Canada and the United States. This course complements other courses which critically examine state communication policies and the political economy and allegedly ideological character of corporate media. Here, we focus on campaigns and movements in civil society to define and build alternative communicative forms based on equality, democratic participation and/or human rights. Prerequisite: 75 units, including CMNS 235, 240 or 331. Students with credit for CMNS 428 or 487 under the same title may not take this course for further credit.

CMNS 443 - Comparative Asian Media Systems (4)

Offers a basis for understanding different Asian media systems in concrete historical, political and socio-economic contexts. Introduces students to a range of epistemological and theoretical issues in media systems in a vast and extremely diverse region that is undergoing a period of rapid political, economic, social and cultural transformation. Provides an overview of issues relating to different media systems and case studies of media and politics in specific countries in the region. Prerequisite: 75 units including one of CMNS 230 or 240, and one of CMNS 261 or 262.

CMNS 444 - Political Economy of International Communication (4)

An examination of the domestic and international implications of the development of mass media and telecommunications and the differential impact of the free flow of technology and information. Prerequisite: 75 units, including CMNS 240 or 247, and CMNS 346 or 348.

CMNS 445 - Media and Popular Culture in China (4)

An exploration of the media and popular culture scene in reform-era China. A wide range of media and popular culture forms and practices are analyzed in their concrete institutional settings and dynamic relationships with official ideologies, market imperatives, and the everyday struggles and cultural sensitivities of various social groups during a period of epochal transformation in China. Prerequisite: 75 units, including one of CMNS 230 or 240; and one of CMNS 260 or 262. CMNS 310, 331 and 346 are recommended.

CMNS 446 - Communication, Science and Technology (4)

Explores the relationship between power, politics, and science; investigates stakeholders such as scientists, entrepreneurs, technologists, activists, policy-makers and their world-wide institutional contexts; compares global flows of science and technology through governmental, non-government, and transnational organizations; examines representations of science and technology in media systems and international development programs. Prerequisite: 75 units, including CMNS 346; and one of CMNS 260, 261 or 262. Recommended: CMNS 253 (or 253W) and 362.

CMNS 447 - Negotiation and Dialogue as Communication (4)

This course provides frameworks and tools with which to understand and evaluate negotiation as a form of communication. The objective of the course is to provide an understanding of the role of communication in the negotiating process, and the consequences of different kinds of negotiation strategies in intercultural, international, competitive, and conflictual situations. It combines theoretical discussion with practical case studies, involves guest negotiators and analysts, and provides an appreciation of the world-wide scale and importance of negotiation as a basis for clarifying relationships. Prerequisite: 75 units, including CMNS 347, and at least one other CMNS or DIAL upper division course.

CMNS 452 - Race and the Media (4)

Examines the contemporary construction and maintenance of race and ethnicity, through movies, music, and the Internet. Provides grounding in scholarship on media, race, ethnicity, and identity. Explores the historical role of entertainment in racialization. Investigates contemporary issues and forms of media and race. Prerequisite: 75 units including one of CMNS 220, 221, 223 (or 223W), or 262, and at least two CMNS upper division courses. Students who have taken CMNS 486 with subtitle "Race and the Media" cannot take this course for further credit.

CMNS 453 - Issues in the Information Society (4)

Advanced seminar to discuss issues in the interplay between contemporary society and new computer/communication technologies, at the level of comprehensive theories of society, on one hand, and major public policy, on the other. May repeat for credit if topic studied is different. Prerequisite: 75 units, including CMNS 253W, 353 or 354. CMNS 362 is recommended.

CMNS 455W - Women and New Information Technologies (4)

Topics include the processes through which gendering of technologies takes place; information and communication technologies (ICTs), gender and public and private spheres; issues related to computerization of women's paid and unpaid work; and gender roles and the use of ICTs in relation to health; as well as the contributions which the study of gender and ICTs have made to theoretical debates within science, technology and society studies. Prerequisite: 75 units, including CMNS 253 (or 253W). Students with credit for CMNS 486 (in Spring 1998 or Spring 2000) may not take this course for further credit. Students with credit for CMNS 455 may not take this course for further credit. Writing.

CMNS 458 - Information Technology Project Group (4)

An advanced workshop in applied information technology and its evaluation focused on applied research. This course can be repeated for credit up to a maximum of three times, if topic studied is different. Prerequisite: Two upper division CMNS courses and permission of instructor.

CMNS 460 - Seminar in Dialogue and Public Issues (4)

Focuses on the practical tools and conceptual approaches used in dialogue, with comparisons of the role and impact of dialogue among community, government, corporate, union, First Nations, legal-regulatory, advocacy groups and organizations. Emphasis is on interaction among interest groups and stakeholders, cultures of negotiation and decision-making, techniques of facilitation, and strategies for effective outcomes. This course can be repeated for credit up to a maximum of three times, if topic studied is different. Prerequisite: 75 units including either at least two of CMNS 332, 347, 425, 432, 437, 447 or DIAL 390, 391, 392. Students with credit for DIAL 460 may not take this course for further credit.

CMNS 461 - Field Placement in Dialogue (3)

Students work under faculty supervision in a placement where dialogue is planned or where dialogue occurs. Arrangements are the responsibility of the student, and enrollment is limited. This course can be repeated for credit up to a maximum of three times, if topic studied is different. Prerequisite: 75 units including CMNS 460.

CMNS 479 - Directed Study (1)

Independent research and reading on topics selected in consultation with the supervising instructor. No more than ten units of Directed Study may be taken. May repeat for credit if topic studied is different. Prerequisite: Two upper division CMNS courses and permission of the instructor.

CMNS 480 - Directed Study (2)

Independent research and reading on topics selected in consultation with the supervising instructor. No more than ten units of Directed Study may be taken. May repeat for credit if topic studied is different. Prerequisite: Two upper division CMNS courses and consent of instructor.

CMNS 481 - Directed Study (3)

Independent research and reading on topics selected in consultation with the supervising instructor. No more than ten units of Directed Study may be taken. May repeat for credit if topic studied is different. Prerequisite: Two upper division CMNS courses and consent of instructor.

CMNS 482 - Directed Study (4)

Independent research and reading on topics selected in consultation with the supervising instructor. No more than ten units of Directed Study may be taken. May repeat for credit if topic studied is different. Prerequisite: Two upper division CMNS courses and consent of instructor.

CMNS 483 - Directed Study (5)

Independent research and reading on topics selected in consultation with the supervising instructor. No more than ten units of Directed Study may be taken. May repeat for credit if topic studied is different. Prerequisite: Two upper division CMNS courses and consent of instructor.

CMNS 486 - Special Topics in Communication (4)

Intensive analysis of a particular topic in the general area of communication and/or attention to the work of a particular writer or school of thought. This course can be repeated for credit up to a maximum of three times, if topic studied is different. Prerequisite: Depends on topic; published before enrollment.

CMNS 487 - Special Topics in Communication (4)

Intensive analysis of a particular topic in communication and/or attention to the work of a particular writer or school of thought. This course can be repeated for credit up to a maximum of three times, if topic studied is different. Prerequisite: Depends on topic; published before enrollment.

CMNS 488 - Selected Topics in Communication (4)

Intensive analysis of a particular topic in the general area of communication. This course can be repeated for credit up to a maximum of three times, if topic studied is different. Prerequisite: Depends on topic; published before enrollment.

CMNS 489 - Field Placement in Communication (4)

For students who have at least 24 upper level units in communication, this course offers the opportunity to work under faculty supervision in a field placement situation related to one of the areas of concentration in communication. Arrangements for field placement and faculty supervision are the responsibility of the student, and enrollment will depend upon the availability of faculty resources in any semester. This course can be repeated for credit up to a maximum of three times, if topic studied is different. Prerequisite: 75 units and permission of the school.

CMNS 494 - Communication Practicum III (3)

The third term of work experience for students in the School of Communication's Co-operative Education Program. Units from this course do not count towards the units required for an SFU degree. Graded as pass/fail (P/F). Prerequisite: CMNS 396.

CMNS 495 - Communication Practicum IV (3)

The fourth term of work experience for students in the School of Communication's Co-operative Education Program. Units from this course do not count towards the Units required for an SFU degree. Graded as pass/fail (P/F). Prerequisite: CMNS 494.

CMNS 496 - Communication Practicum V (3)

An optional fifth term of work experience for students in the School of Communication's Co-operative Education Program. Units from this course do not count towards the units required for an SFU degree. Graded as pass/fail (P/F). Prerequisite: CMNS 495.

CMNS 497 - Honours Research Proposal (5)

Preparation for honours research project, including literature review, ethics approval (if necessary), and presentation of work in progress at end of term. Minimum grade of "B" is required in order to continue in CMNS Honours Program (Option A), and take CMNS 498 in a future term. Prerequisite: Students accepted into honours program only.

CMNS 498 - Honours Research Project (10)

Intensive work in a particular topic in the general field of communication. Involves an extensive individual research project under the direct supervision of at least one CMNS faculty member, who will provide guidance and critical feedback as necessary. Presentation of completed project at end of term. Prerequisite: Successful completion of CMNS 497-5, Honours Research Proposal, with grade of "B" or higher.

CMNS 800 - Contemporary Approaches in Communication Studies (5)

This course surveys current interdisciplinary perspectives in communication studies and theory. It is normally offered in the fall term, and expected in the first year of graduate study.

CMNS 801 - Design and Methodology in Communication Research (5)

A survey course which examines the problems, methods and theoretical assumptions in communication research using case studies of research design and methods. Students may design a research project and conduct a small pilot study in a selected area. Normally offered in the spring term and expected in the first year of graduate study.

CMNS 802 - History of Communication Theory (5)

A survey of classic works, issues and debates in communication theory.

CMNS 804 - Seminar in Advanced Communication Theory (5)

CMNS 815 - Social Construction of Communication Technologies (5)

A study of the social theory of information technologies, examining issues affecting computer-mediated communication.

CMNS 820 - Media, Democratic Communication and the Concept of the Public (5)

This course examines and evaluates the media (such as journalism, film, community media, or digital media) as fields of political and cultural practices, in relation to debates, concepts and models of the public sphere, democratic communication, and alternative media practices.

CMNS 824 - Colonialism, Culture and Identity (5)

A study of colonialism, culture, and identity with a focus on the strategies used by diasporic communities and (neo)colonial subjects to address the impact of colonial violence as well as create ethical communities. Historical and contemporary case studies will be examined. Students who took CMNS 855 in Term 1071 may not take this course for further credit.

CMNS 830 - Media & Cultural Studies (5)

Examines current debates in media and cultural studies, including hegemony, biopower, affect, subjectivity, cultures of capitalism and cultures of resistance.

CMNS 840 - Political Economy of Communications (5)

A study of the political, economic and social process that produces the structure and policies of mass media, and of telecommunication agencies in their historical setting.

CMNS 844 - Communication and Global Power Shifts (5)

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.

CMNS 848 - Communication and Global Social Justice (5)

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 850 - Directed Readings and Research (5)

Pursuance of particular areas of interest related to a student's program.

CMNS 851 - Directed Studies (5)

Pursuance of interest in specific areas, including field studies related to the student's program. May include work and study in supervised professional settings.

CMNS 855 - Selected Topics in Communication Studies (5)

Specialized one-time graduate course offerings on topics related to the current research of school faculty of visiting professors.

CMNS 856 - Graduate Seminar (5)

Advanced work in an area of specialization. Review and evaluation of research in progress.

CMNS 857 - Selected Topics in Communication Studies (5)

Specialized graduate course offering on a topic related to the current research of school faculty or visiting professor.

CMNS 858 - Selected Topics in Communication Studies (5)

Specialized graduate course offering on a topic related to the current research of school faculty or visiting professor.

CMNS 859 - Acoustic Dimensions of Communications (5)

Special topics in sound and communication studies with emphasis on specific problems in psycho-acoustics, theories of sound cognition and information processing, soundscape studies, acoustic design, community noise surveys, media analysis and related technology. Students will gain experience in designing and conducting research projects in one of these areas. Prerequisite: CMNS 359 or equivalent.

CMNS 860 - Graduate Colloquium in Global Communication (2)

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. Enrollment restricted to Global Communication Graduate Double Degree Program MA students. Course will be graded S/U.

CMNS 880 - Directed Readings and Research (5)

Supervised enquiry in concentrated areas of specialization.

CMNS 881 - Research Internship (5)

Work and study in an approved professional setting.

CMNS 882 - Research Field Work (5)

External research beyond regular contact with the University.

CMNS 891 - Co-op Practicum I

Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

CMNS 892 - Co-op Practicum II

Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

CMNS 894 - MA Extended Essay (5)

MA Extended Essay (for SFU-CUC double degree students).

CMNS 895 - Comprehensive Examination (6)

Examination of three areas of which one must be on the theoretical or methodological framework/procedures indicated by the proposed dissertation. S/U standing only. The exam may be retaken once in the event of unsatisfactory performance.

CMNS 896 - MA Extended Essays (10)

MA Extended Essays.

CMNS 897 - MA Project (10)

MA Project.

CMNS 898 - MA Thesis (10)

CMNS 899 - PhD Thesis (6)