Communication Studies 

Note: See beginning of Section F for abbreviations, course numbers and coding.

COMS1001History of Communication3 ch (3C)

A survey of the great revolutions in human communication of speech, literacy, printing and electronic communication. Examines how new media of communication come into being, their impact on earlier forms of communication, their impact on society, and the influence society and culture have on communication technologies. Credit can only be obtained for one of COMS 1001 or ICS 1001.

COMS1002Foundations of Communication Studies3 ch (3C)

This course is a basic introduction to the social, cultural, political, economic and technological aspects of the information and communication revolution.  Credit can only be obtained for one of COMS 1002 or ICS 1002.

COMS2001Transformations in Media 3 ch (3C)

This course will explore the nature and evolution of media since the development of the Internet. The course will provide students with a framework for thinking about media institutions and technologies.  Credit can only be obtained for one of COMS 2001 or ICS 2001.

COMS2101Popular Music, Culture and Communication (O)3 ch (3C)

A general introduction to the study of Western popular music as both a cultural industry and as a form of communication which presents students with an overview of post-war popular music genres from rock n’ roll to contemporary dance music.  Credit can only be obtained for one of COMS 2101 or ICS 2101.

COMS2102Media Living: Media in Everyday Life3 ch (3C)

Explores the political, economic, ideological and organizational settings within which contemporary media operate and examines their importance in many aspects of contemporary life. Students will critically examine their own experiences as media consumers and users. Credit can only be obtained for one of COMS2102 or ICS2102.

COMS2103Understanding Comics and Manga3 ch (3C)

This course will focus on the study of comics and manga (Japanese comic books and graphic novels). Students will analyze the history of comics and the industry in both North America and Japan. Particular emphasis will be placed on issues pertaining to: gender,culture, readership, characterizations, artwork, fan communities, and creative workers.  Credit can only be obtained for one of COMS 2103 or ICS 2103.

Prerequisite: No prerequisites.

COMS3001Theories of Communication3 ch (3C)

This focuses on theoretical issues regarding the political and social implications of the information and communication revolution. Specific themes to be covered include society and technological change, communication technologies, globalization and the digital revolution.  Credit can only be obtained for one of COMS 3001 or ICS 3001.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of fifteen term-courses, including  COMS 2001, or permission of the instructor.

COMS3003Electronic Research3 ch (3C)

This course provides students with an advanced introduction to conducting web-based research and the use of electronic research tools.  Credit can only be obtained for one of COMS 3003 or ICS 3003.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of fifteen term-courses, including COMS 2001 , or permission of the instructor. 

COMS3004Media Production: Audio 3 ch (3C)

Introduction to production techniques related to to radio and web podcasting. Students will explore aspects of production through individual and group projects as well as in class presentations. Includes a strong writing component.  Credit can only be obtained for one of COMS 3004or ICS 3004.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of fifteen term-courses, including COMS 2001, or permission of the instructor.

COMS3005Intellectual Property and the Information Commons3 ch (3C)

This course will explore the emerging importance of copyright as a pertinent regulatory issue facing both the communication industries and western society. We will examine the development of copyright and its transformation as a result of technological, economic and cultural changes in the global cultural industries. Credit can only be obtained for one of COMS 2005 or ICS 3005.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of fourteen term-courses in any discipline, plus COMS 2001, or permission of the instructor.

COMS3006Media Production: Video3 ch (3C)

Introduction to video production techniques. Students will explore aspects of production through individual and group projects as well as in class presentations. Includes a strong writing component.  Credit can only be obtained for one of COMS 3006 or ICS 3006.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of fifteen term-courses, including COMS 2001, or permission of the instructor.

COMS3007Digital Democracy3 ch (3C)

This course examines technologically mediated political practices in liberal democracies.  Credit can only be obtained for one of COMS 3007 or ICS 3007.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of fifteen term-courses, including COMS 2001, or permission of the instructor.

COMS3008DIY Media3 ch (3C)

New technologies and do it yourself (D.I.Y) culture have a long, intertwined history. This class will examine the origins, technologies, techniques and representations of D.I.Y in contemporary culture. Students will examine “lofi” practices such as circuitbending, hardware hacking and tinkering as forms of culture and communication.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of fifteen term-courses, including COMS 2001, or permission of the instructor.
COMS3101Special Topics in Communications Studies (O)3 ch (3C)

Exploration of specialized topics in media studies, technology and society, or communication policy issues.  Credit can only be obtained for one of COMS 3101 or ICS 3101.

Prerequisite: COMS 3001 and COMS 3003, or permission of the instructor.

COMS3102Gender, Media and Communication3 ch (3C)

This course will focus on the saliance of gender in understanding media and communication. Course topics may include a focus on gender and the following: production, media texts, (TV shows, movies, anime,blogs,forums,comic books, video games, etc.) reception of media, content, communication technologies, and communication practices.  Credit can only be obtained for one of COMS 3102 or ICS 3102.

Prerequisites: COMS 3001 and COMS 3003, or permission of the instructor.

COMS4001Research Seminar in Communications Studies3 ch (3S)

This seminar provides majors with the opportunity to do basic research in an area of special interest.  Credit can only be obtained for one of COMS 4001 or ICS 4001.

Prerequisite: COMS 2001, COMS 3001, COMS 3003.

COMS4101Advanced Topics in Communication Studies (O)3 ch (3S)

An advanced seminar in media studies, technology and society, or communication policy issues. Credit can only be obtained for one of COMS 4101 or ICS 4101.

Prerequisite: COMS 3001 and COMS 3003, or permission of the instructor.

COMS4103Independent Study in Communication Studies3 ch (3S)

This course provides an opportunity for students to engage in directed study of contemporary issues and debates in the fields of communication and media.  Credit can only be obtained for one of COMS 4103 or ICS 4103.

Prerequisite: COMS 3001 and COMS 3003, and permission of the instructor.