University of Calgary

COMS 371 - Critical Media Studies - Winter 2016

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.


This course will be offered next in Summer 2016.
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