University of Calgary

COMS 371 - Critical Media Studies - Spring 2013

Emphasizes major critical approaches in Communication Studies with the intent of introducing students to the theoretical foundations of media and mass communication related research. The course explores the contexts in which these theories arose, identifies their major strengths and weaknesses, and provides an appreciation of how critical theory engages the social world through research on communication and media. Areas to be covered include: the problem of communication (Durham, Mattelart, etc.), the culture industry (Adorno, the Frankfurt School), the Canadian school (McLuhan), structuralism and semiotics (Barthes), Cultural Studies (Hall, Williams), postmodernism (Lyotard, Harvey, etc.).
This course may not be repeated for credit.


  • H(3-0)


  • Communications Studies 201; or Urban Studies 253 and one of Urban Studies 311, 313 or Geography 351.


This course will be offered next in Fall 2013.
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