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Anthropology and Communication Joint Major

Bachelor of Arts

Anthropology and communication overlap in many concerns: nature, production, commodification, and politics of culture; communicative processes and social identity, class, gender, etc. This joint major is for those who share these common interests.

A minimum 2.50 CGPA is required for entry to this program. A minimum 2.25 CGPA is required for continuance in this program.

Students may complete their BA degree in either the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, or in the Faculty of Communication, Art & Technology.

Program Requirements

Students complete 120 units, as specified below.

Lower Division Anthropology Requirements

Students complete a minimum of 18 units, including all of

SA 101 - Introduction to Anthropology (A) (4)

Anthropology asks fundamental questions about how people live and interact in different contexts. Engages with contemporary social life around the world, including the relations among people, ideas, and things. Provides analytical tools to help understand the role of culture and society in our lives. Breadth-Social Sciences.

Section Day/Time Location
C100 Distance Education
C200 Distance Education
C300 Distance Education
SA 201W - Anthropology and Contemporary Life (A) (4)

An introduction to the anthropological perspective as applied to the organization of everyday life in contemporary settings. Introduces positivist, interpretive, and critical interpretive approaches to the analysis of social actions, identities, and values as enacted in space and time. Prerequisite: Recommended: SA 101. Writing.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Natasha Ferenczi
We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D101 TBD
SA 255 - Introduction to Social Research (SA) (4)

Explores how sociologists and anthropologists investigate social relations and contexts. Students learn to develop research questions and turn them into research projects. Introduces data collection techniques and related ethical issues, the relationship between theory and research, and other fundamental concepts and issues involved in conducting qualitative and quantitative research. Prerequisite: SA 101 or 150. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Nicholas Scott
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D101 Tu 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D102 Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D103 Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
J100 Jelena Golubovic
Fr 5:30 PM – 9:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

and two additional 200 division SA course designated (A), (S), or (SA).

Lower Division Communication Requirements

Students complete both of

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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
C100 Distance Education
C200 Distance Education
D100 Gary McCarron
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D101 Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D102 Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D103 Tu 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D104 Tu 6:30 PM – 7:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D105 Tu 7:30 PM – 8:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D106 We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D107 We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D108 We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D109 We 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D110 We 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D111 Th 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D112 Th 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D113 Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D114 Th 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D115 Tu 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D116 Tu 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
C100 Distance Education
C200 Distance Education
D100 Svitlana Matviyenko
Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D101 We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D102 We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D103 We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D104 We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D106 Th 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D107 Fr 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D110 Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D112 We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D113 We 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D114 Th 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

and at least six 200 division CMNS courses, including both of

CMNS 201W - 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 201 or CMNS 260 may not take this course for further credit. Writing/Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D101 We 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D102 We 1:30 PM – 3:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D103 We 3:30 PM – 5:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D104 We 9:30 AM – 11:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D105 We 11:30 AM – 1:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D107 Tu 3:30 PM – 5:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D108 Tu 5:30 PM – 7:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D109 Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
or 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 201W or CMNS 260 may not take this course 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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D101 Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D102 Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D103 Th 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D104 Fr 9:30 AM – 11:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D105 Fr 11:30 AM – 1:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D106 Fr 1:30 PM – 3:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D107 Fr 11:30 AM – 1:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D108 Fr 1:30 PM – 3:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D109 Fr 3:30 PM – 5:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

and including at least one course from each of the three areas of concentration in communication (see below).

* completion of this quantitative (Q) course satisfies part of the University's Q requirement.

Communication Areas of Concentration

Media and Culture

Explores the history and contexts of media institutions, practices, texts and discourses with particular concern for the way they affect the meaning and experience of culture.

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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Jody Baker
Fr 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D101 Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D102 Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D103 Tu 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D104 Tu 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D105 Th 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D106 Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D107 Th 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D108 Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Jennesia Pedri
Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D101 Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D102 Tu 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D104 Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D105 Tu 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D107 We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D109 We 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
Distance Education
D101 Mo 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D102 Mo 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D103 Mo 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D104 Mo 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D105 Mo 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D109 Mo 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Kam Kamyar
Mo 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D101 Mo 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D102 Mo 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

Technology and Society

Analyzes topics within the broader field of communication through a focus on information and communication technologies and the knowledge society from the standpoint of scholarship in science and technology studies.

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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
C100 Distance Education
C200 Distance Education
D100 Sun Ha Hong
Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D101 We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D102 We 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D103 We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D104 We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D105 We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D106 We 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

Political Economy and Policy

Explores the contested economic, political, and regulatory processes shaping media institutions and communication processes.

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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
Distance Education
D101 We 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D102 We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D103 We 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D104 We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D105 We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
E100 Siyuan Yin
Mo 6:30 PM – 8:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
E101 Mo 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
E102 Mo 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
E103 Mo 8:30 PM – 9:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
E104 Mo 9:30 PM – 10:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

Upper Division Anthropology Requirements

Students complete a minimum of 20 units, including

SA 301 - Contemporary Ethnography (A) (4)

A consideration of key themes in contemporary anthropology. Addresses theoretical and methodological questions by examining the work of contemporary anthropologists conducting research in diverse locations around the world. Prerequisite: SA 201W.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Stacy Pigg
Th 11:30 AM – 2:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D101 TBD
SA 356W - Ethnography and Qualitative Methods (SA) (4)

An examination of qualitative field methods, including participant observation, interviewing, archival research, cross-cultural research, life histories, network analysis, mapping, and ethical problems of fieldwork. Prerequisite: SA 255. Writing.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Natasha Ferenczi
We 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D101 TBD

and three upper division SA electives. All of these must be designated (A). One of these must be a 400 division course.

No more than four units of Directed Readings and no more than 15 upper division units transferred from another institution may be used towards completion.

Upper Division Communication Requirements

Students complete a minimum of 24 upper division communication units. Directed study and field placement courses may not be used.

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Degree Requirements

For all bachelor of arts (BA) programs, students complete 120 units, which includes

  • at least 60 units that must be completed at Simon Fraser University
  • at least 45 upper division units, of which at least 30 upper division units must be completed at Simon Fraser University
  • at least 65 units (including 21 upper division units) in Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences courses
  • satisfaction of the writing, quantitative, and breadth requirements
  • an overall cumulative grade point average (CGPA) and upper division CGPA of at least 2.0, and a program (major, joint major, extended minor, minor) CGPA and upper division CGPA of at least 2.0

Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology Degree Requirements

For more information, please refer to the SFU Degree Requirements.

Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements

Students admitted to Simon Fraser University beginning in the fall 2006 term must meet writing, quantitative and breadth requirements as part of any degree program they may undertake. See Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements for university-wide information.

WQB Graduation Requirements

A grade of C- or better is required to earn W, Q or B credit

Requirement

Units

Notes
W - Writing

6

Must include at least one upper division course, taken at Simon Fraser University within the student’s major subject
Q - Quantitative

6

Q courses may be lower or upper division
B - Breadth

18

Designated Breadth Must be outside the student’s major subject, and may be lower or upper division
6 units Social Sciences: B-Soc
6 units Humanities: B-Hum
6 units Sciences: B-Sci

6

Additional Breadth 6 units outside the student’s major subject (may or may not be B-designated courses, and will likely help fulfil individual degree program requirements)

Students choosing to complete a joint major, joint honours, double major, two extended minors, an extended minor and a minor, or two minors may satisfy the breadth requirements (designated or not designated) with courses completed in either one or both program areas.

 

Residency Requirements and Transfer Credit

  • At least half of the program's total units must be earned through Simon Fraser University study.
  • At least two thirds of the program's total upper division units must be earned through Simon Fraser University study.

Elective Courses

In addition to the courses listed above, students should consult an academic advisor to plan the remaining required elective courses.