University of Calgary

COMS 371 - Critical Media Studies - Summer 2018

Emphasizes major critical approaches in communication and media 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)


  • Communication and Media Studies 201 or Communications Studies 201.


  • Credit for Communication and Media Studies 371 and Communications Studies 371 will not be allowed.


This course will be offered next in Fall 2018.
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