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Communication, Popular Culture and Film

Scott Henderson

Professor Emeritus
Jim Leach

Barry K. Grant

Associate Professors
Nick Baxter-Moore, Jacqueline Botterill, Marian Bredin, Tim Dun, Derek Foster, Greg Gillespie, Jennifer Good, Scott Henderson, Barry W. K. Joe, Russell Johnston, Sarah A. Matheson, Christie Milliken, Bohdan Y. Nebesio, Jeannette Sloniowski, Bohdan Suchewycz

Assistant Professors
Dale A. Bradley, Peter Lester

M. Sharon Broderick

Adjunct Faculty
Joan Nicks, Andrea Zeffiro

Academic Administrator
Penni Lafleur

Internship Co-ordinator
Amanda Bishop

General Information

Administrative Assistant
Jane DeMan

905-688-5550, extension 4290
Scotiabank Hall 309

The Department of Communication, Popular Culture and Film offers four separate programs of study in Business Communication, Media and Communication Studies, Film Studies, and Popular Culture. A four-year program leading to the Bachelor of Arts (BA) Honours degree and a three-year program leading to the BA Pass degree is offered in all four programs. Majors in the Department may complete a Concentration in Digital Culture. Minor programs are available in Digital Culture, Film Studies, Media Studies and Popular Culture for majors in other Departments/Centres as well as a Certificate in Film Studies. In addition, the Department is involved in programs with community colleges which offer students the opportunity to earn a BA Honours Communication Studies, BA Honours Popular Culture or a BA with Major Film Studies degree and a college diploma or certificate.

Communication Studies

Business Communication
Students admitted to Communication Studies may continue in the program upon successful completion of COMM 1F90 with a minimum 65 percent final grade. A student with a major average lower than 65 percent will not be permitted to continue in Business Communication.

Business Communication is an interdisciplinary program combining the study of communication with a study of some aspects of business. The program aims to equip the student with a sound theoretical basis for analysing and practicing communication within the business environment.

Please consult the Communication Studies entry for a listing of courses and program requirements.

Media and Communication Studies
Media and Communication Studies is an interdisciplinary program that focuses on the impact of media and communication in the creation of meaning, identity and social change, emphasizing the study of media content, audiences and institutions in their political, economic, and social contexts in Canada and elsewhere.

Please consult the Communication Studies entry for a listing of courses and program requirements.

Film Studies
Film Studies is a sequence of critical and historical courses that examine a variety of approaches to film. The courses explore the nature of film language and develop an analytical perspective on film as both an art and a medium. Other courses explore issues and theories in popular culture. Students may have opportunities to engage in media production in selected upper year courses.

Please consult the Film Studies entry for a listing of courses and program requirements.

Popular Culture
The study of Popular Culture offers critical and historical courses which examine popular culture and its relation to folk, mass and high culture. The undergraduate program in Popular Culture is interdisciplinary in nature, bringing together theoretical and analytical perspectives drawn from both the humanities and the social sciences, and applying them to the study of diverse cultural forms including film, television, social media, literature, music and advertising and their economic, political and historical contexts.

Please consult the Popular Culture entry for a listing of courses and program requirements.

Brock/Colleges Articulation Agreement Program

Please consult the Communication Studies, Film Studies and Popular Culture entries for a listing of program requirements.

Description of Courses

Note that not all courses are offered in every session. Refer to the applicable term timetable for details.

# Indicates a cross-listed course
* Indicates a primary offering of a cross-listed course

Prerequisites and Restrictions

Students must check to ensure that prerequisites are met. Students may be deregistered, at the request of the instructor, from any course for which prerequisites and/or restrictions have not been met.
Media and Culture: Texts and Practices
Survey course in the fields of communication, popular culture and film. Examinations of the relation among texts, images and socio-cultural practices.
Lectures, lab, 3 hours per week.
Restriction: not open to BCMN, MCMN, FILM (single or combined) and PCUL majors.