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Joint Masters and Doctoral Program at Ryerson in Communication and Culture
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Communication & Culture structures its courses around the following three (3) Areas of Study:

  • Media & Culture: focusing on the confluence of media and culture and their relationships within social systems.
  • Politics & Policy: focusing on the critical role of the state and civil society in the development of communication systems, the production and distribution of culture, and issues of societal power.
  • Technology In Practice - Applied Perspectives: focusing on the development, application, and influence of historical, current and emerging communication technologies in cultural production, both personal and organizational.

While students may take electives in all three Areas of Study, each must major in one and minor in a second.

Courses are scheduled to minimize travel between campuses. To meet the needs of part-time students, some required or elective courses maybe offered in the evenings, but most courses are offered in afternoons. With permission, students may take courses offered in related graduate programs at York and Ryerson.

The course descriptions serve as a guide to courses offered through the Joint Program in Communication and Culture, but students should note that not all courses will be offered every year. This guide only lists the various courses that have been offered frequently or recently. Courses offered subject to faculty availability and are subject to change without notice.

For the most up to date information on courses and curriculum, visit Calendars and Dates on the Ryerson Graduate Studies website.


  • CC8902 Research Methodologies
  • CC8905 MA Res Specialization and Practice
  • CC8906 CC: An Interdesciplinary Approach

Plus

  • Five credits in electives, with at least one from Group B, C and D: Specialization Electives  

And one of the following Options

  • Research Paper Option: Master's Research Paper (N.B. this option requires students take one additional credit from Group B, C or D)
  • Thesis Option: Master's Thesis
  • Project Option: Master's Project

Doctor of Philosophy Credits

  • Qualifying Examination ("Comps")
  • PhD Dissertation Research
  • CC9900 Advanced Research Methodologies
  • CC9904 Perspectives: Communication and Culture
  • CC9906 PhD Field Seminar:  Disciplinary Practices
  • Three credits from Groups B, C, or D: Specialization Electives, two in Major area and one in Minor area

 

Group B: Specialization Electives in Media and Culture (partial list)

  • CC8822 Performing Arts and the City 1
  • CC8824 Globlzn: Mkts, Citizen, Identity 1
  • CC8825 Seminar Social Cultural Theory 1
  • CC8827 City as Cinema 1
  • CC8828 Philosophy, Culture and Values 1
  • CC8829 Modernist Lit Circ: Cult'l Appr 1
  • CC8833 Cultures of Sexuality, Gender 1
  • CC8920 Theoretical Appch Media & Cult 1
  • CC8921 Visual Culture 1
  • CC8924 Marxism Culture and Film 1
  • CC8925 Reading Television 1
  • CC8926 Theoretical Issues in Film 1
  • CC8927 Reading Film 1
  • CC8928 Culture and the Environment 1
  • CC8929 Seminar: Symbolic Anthropology 1
  • CC8931 Popular Music Studies 1
  • CC8933 Culture in the City Workshop 1
  • CC8934 Contemp Topics: Social Theory 1
  • CC8935 Critique of Everyday Culture 1

Group C: Specialization Electives in Politics and Policy (partial list)

  • CC8840 Media Democracy 1
  • CC8841 Owning Culture 1
  • CC8844 Managing in Broadcast, Digital World 1
  • CC8845 Commun and International Devel 1
  • CC8846 Communication and Public Interest 1
  • CC8847 Global Media 1
  • CC8848 Armed Conflict, Peace & the Media 1
  • CC8940 The Poltc Econ of Culture & Commun 1
  • CC8941 Issues in Commun & Cult Policy 1
  • CC8943 Globalization of Comm & Cult 1
  • CC8944 Technology and Globalization 1
  • CC8945 Political Commun & Env Issues 1
  • CC8946 Communication Policy 1
  • CC8947 Cultural Policy 1
  • CC8948 The Image Industry 1
  • CC8949 The Communications Industry 1
  • CC8950 Current Issues: Telecommun 1
  • CC8951 Communications Law 1
  • CC8952 Political Economy of Media 1
  • CC8953 Politics of Intellec Property 1
  • CC8955 Global Justice & Environment 1
  • CC8956 Globlzn & Cultural Identity 1
  • CC8957 Appl Rsrch Mth: Policy & Reg 1
  • CC8958 Readings in Public Policy 1

Group D: Specialization Electives in Technology in Practice (partial list)

  • CC8832 Communicatn and the Sociotech 1
  • CC8960 Adv Communication Technology 1
  • CC8962 Lang & Narrative Film/Video/Mm 1
  • CC8963 Social Cult Impl of New Media 1
  • CC8964 Diffusion of Commun Technol 1
  • CC8966 Activist Video Making 1
  • CC8967 Contemp Theory in Visual Arts 1
  • CC8969 Media Ethics 1
  • CC8970 Special Topics in Cdn Cinema 1
  • CC8975 Race & Gender in Digital Tech 1
  • CC8982 The Body and the Culture of Modernity 1
  • CC8983 The Culture of the Avant-garde 1
  • CC8984 A History of News 1
  • CC8985 Photographic Vision/Practice 1
  • CC8986 Future Cinema 1
  • CC8060 Media Production Workshop 2
  • CC8061 Wired World: Cult Tech Phil 2
  • CC9921 Technology Commun & Culture (Doctoral level only) 1

The following courses may be used by Master's students in place of any Specialization course, with the permission of the Program Director.

  • CC8990 Directed Rdg: Commun & Cult A 1
  • CC8991 Directed Rsrch: Commun & Cult 1
  • CC8992 Directed Grp Stud: Comm & Cult 1
  • CC8993 Field Placements 1
  • CC8994 Directed Rdg: Commun & Cult B 1
  • CC8090 Directed Rdg: Commun & Culture 2
  • CC8091 Directed Rsrch: Comm & Culture 2
  • CC8092 Directed Grp St: Comm & Cult 2
  • CC8093 Field Placements 2

The following courses may be used by Doctoral candidates in place of any Specialization course, with the permission of the Program Director.

  • CC9990 Directed Readings A 1
  • CC9991 Directed Readings B 1
  • CC9992 Directed Research 1
  • CC9993 Directed Group Study 1
  • CC9090 Directed Readings A 2
  • CC9091 Directed Readings B 2
  • CC9092 Directed Research 2
  • CC9093 Directed Grp Stud Comm & Cult 2

Course Listings

All “CC” courses have York University course numbers (CMCT) indicated in brackets following the Ryerson University codes.

NOTE:  The following list of courses is not a complete list of all ComCult courses but only those that have been offered more regularly in last few years.  For a complete list, please view the Academic Calendar.

CC8060 (CMCT6510 6.0) Media Production Workshop

Combines active media analysis with the production of images/text around environmental issues. Students critically explore the production process through media observations, readings, and audio-visuals, visits to production sites, and interviews with imagemakers. There are opportunities to develop hands-on skills in photographic or video production. The central learning experience of the workshop involves a media production applying analytical insight, technical skills, and creativity. Antirequisite ENVS 6349 6.0 (York University). 2 Credits

CC8061 (CMCT6520 6.0) Wired World: Culture, Tech. & contemp. Phil.

This course explores the intersection of philosophical thought with communication and information technology. It considers both the importance of philosophical foundations for contemporary studies of technology as well as the philosophical implications of advances in contemporary communication technology. 2 Credits

CC8093 (CMCT 6909 6.0) Field Placements

Master's students are able to receive credit for a two term course by undertaking a field placement in an appropriate institution. 2 Credits

CC8822 (CMCT 6112 3.0) Performing Arts and the City

This course examines the impact of the performing arts on local communities. 1 Credit

C8829 (CMCT 6109B 3.0) Modern Lit Circ: Cult’l Appr

Course studies culture of early twentieth-century modernist salons in New York, Paris, and London with focus on New York Dada, Left Bank Moderns, and Bloomsbury. Course explores a range of cultural expressions (print culture, visual culture and performance). More specifically, students investigate synergies of different media and nationalities and probe interrelationship among various artists; students also examine relationship of space including interior design and architecture in formation and flourishing of modernist salons and literary circles. 1 Credit.

C8832 (CMCT 6534) Communication and the Sociotechnical

This course investigates some of the texts in the burgeoning study of society and technology that have inspired its major philosophical perspectives and frameworks of research. Socio-cultural inquiry into new communication and information technologies frequently invokes one or another perspective grounded (selectively) in these texts; this course instead focuses on systematic comparison of the several distinct perspectives that characterize this area of study, with particular attention to their deployment in communication and culture research. Six perspectives are surveyed in six modules of instruction: Institutionalism, Critical Theory, Feminism, Phenomenology, Social Constructionism, and Actor-Network Theory. 1 Credit

CC8833 Cultures of Sexuality and Gender

This course surveys theoretical approaches to cultures of sexuality and gender in relation to diverse media. Using feminist, queer, constructionist, posthumanist, and other approaches, the course develops students’ techniques of historicization and skills in analysing current debates in the field. 1 Credit

CC8840 (CMCT 6314 3.0) Media Democracy

This course examines the central role of the news media in a democratic society, with an emphasis on Canada. The constraints on media democracy, exploring various media from newspapers to the internet and attempts to address the lack of media democracy will be explored. 1 Credit

CC8844 (CMCT 6340 3.0) Managing in Broadcast, Digital Worlds

This course identifies and examines central issues in the management of public and private television enterprises in Canada, and online programming undertakings. Students will analyse the current environment and the scenarios for the future of Canadian broadcasting; they will also investigate how broadcasters, programmers and producers are managing content and revenue on both traditional and digital platforms and in new partnerships. Instructor approval reqd.  1 Credit

CC8845 (CMCT 6321 3.0) Communication & International Development

This course brings together various theoretical and policy approaches to communication and international development. As a seminar, selected critical readings will serve as a backdrop for discussions on the nexus of communication, technology, development and the nation-state. We will interrogate the historical and social construction of development and underdevelopment, and how state actors mobilize the rhetoric of technology to galvanize support for the national development. 1 Credit

CC8846 (CMCT 6315 3.0) Communication and Public Interest

This course explores the meaning of “public” in the context of media and public information/advocacy campaigns. A background in communication theory is recommended but not required. 1 Credit

CC8902 (CMCT 6002 3.0) Research Methodologies

Students in the core courses are required to attend a workshop on research methods in communication and cultural studies. These sessions are designed to complement the theoretical materials presented in the core seminars and will provide an overview of the range of research methods in communication and cultural studies. The course introduces students to a wide range of methods and approaches, including research design (qualitative and quantitative), survey research, content analysis, textual analysis, discourse analysis, historiography, legal and documentary research, ethnographic techniques, cultural studies approaches and others. Masters Core Course. 1 Credit

CC8905 (CMCT 6005 3.0) Seminar in Commun. Research and Practice

This combination lecture/seminar course consolidates graduate coursework and bridges the transition to independent critical research. It assists and evaluates the student in developing professional skills including: peer review, grant-writing, formal presentations, conference and publication’s submission which may include applied research in submissions to government or organizational policy papers, and public forums or hearings on communication and culture.  1 Credit

CC8906 (CMCT 6004 3.0) CC:  An Interdisciplinary Approach

This course introduces a critical approach to the three symbiotic areas of the program at the graduate level: media and culture; politics and policy, and technology in practice: applied perspectives. The course will explore each area in modules that concentrate on four aspects: history; philosophy; theory; and principle concepts or issues, with one week dedicated to each aspect in each area.

CC8920 (CMCT 6100 3.0) Theoretical Approaches to Media & Culture

This course reviews central issues in the study of media and culture through an examination of the ways in which mediations of social identity (e.g. class, gender, race, sexuality, nationality), act as highly selective and ideologically shaped portrayals of the social order. The course is built around a number of current and “classical” theories which allow particular insight into the articulations of representation (discursive, imagistic, visual) with human identity, subjectivity and selfhood. These theoretical frames of reference are also applied in the analysis of various media forms and genres, including text, photography, television, film and the built environment. Foundation Course. Antirequisite POLS 6055 3.0 (York University). 1 Credit

CC8921 (CMCT 6110 3.0) Visual Culture

The course will begin by exploring the ways in which we have been taught to analyse and understand images, and how toproduce and reproduce them. The course aims, however, to move beyond analysis of specific texts in order to historicize and understand the larger cultural meanings that have been assigned to the visual. We will attempt to come to terms with what W. J. T. Mitchell has called the “pictorial turn” in all its complexity. The course includes works by philosophers and cultural theorists as well as poets, painters, novelists, videographers, filmmakers, and cyberneticists. 1 Credit

CC8925 (CMCT 6104 3.0) Reading Television

Fundamental to contemporary cultural studies is recognition that the meaning, form and value of cultural products such as situation comedies, soap operas, advertisements, cannot be separated from the social context in which they are produced and received. The course will explore such questions as: What are the genre conventions? How do different individual communities use and value television products? To what extent do television products promote resistance and change and to what extent do they preserve the status quo? Students will apply several frameworks to selected products in order to analyse how the products work in relation to individuals and communities. 1 Credit

CC8927 (CMCT 6096 3.0) Reading Film

The course examines screen representation of gender as expressivity and enactment, from a historical, sociological, and critical perspective focusing largely on dramaturgy. Relevant approaches are introduced and a focused study of films and theoretical issues of choice is enabled. 1 Credit

CC8928 (CMCT 6120 3.0) Culture and the Environment

Critical exploration into current literature in the emerging field of Cultural Studies. Examination of the discourses through which we attach “culture” to nature, place, and space. Particular attention is given to what resources contemporary cultural studies might offer in analyzing interactions between culture, nature, and place; between social identity, community, and built and natural environments. 1 Credit

CC8929 (CMCT 5104 3.0) Seminar in Symbolic Anthropology

Particular attention is placed on a fundamental understanding of symbolic thought and action with the aim of addressing the questions: how do symbols symbolize? How do they function to mediate meanings and transform sentiment and emotions into significant inducements or dispositions to action? Literature in anthropology, language and linguistics, semiotics and literary criticism among others are surveyed. Antirequisite ANTH 5140 3.0 (York University). 1 Credit

CC8931 (CMCT 6106 3.0) Popular Music Studies

The phenomenon of popular music is investigated from a number of perspectives through a survey of scholarly and popular vernacular literature. Issues in popular music, including paradigms for analysis and interpretation are examined. Antirequisite MUSI 6320 3.0 (York University). 1 Credit

CC8934 (CMCT6113 3.0) Contemporary Topics in Social Theory

The purpose of this course is to take up issues that are topical and require some knowledge of social, political, philosophical and psychoanalytic theory. Antirequisites SOCI 6220 3.0 (York University), SPT 6043 3.0 (York University), PHIL 6640 3.0 (York University) 1 Credit

CC8940 (CMCT 6300 3.0) The Political Econ. of Culture & Commun.

This course reflects the theoretical perspective that communication systems and cultural practices shape and are shaped by the social distribution of power in all societies. It examines the role of the state, the market civil society in the production and distribution of cultural products and the implications of their relationships for society. Foundation Course. 1 Credit

CC8941 (CMCT 6301 3.0) Issues in Communication & Cultural Policy

This course focuses on specific issues that are shaping communication and cultural policy, including the emergence of the “information highway,” globalization and convergence. Foundation Course. 1 Credit

C8943 (CMCT 6303 3.0) Globalization of Communication & Culture

This course focuses on the role and significance of the rapid growth of multinational communication industries in shaping the modern world, with particular emphasis on the relationship between technology and the structures of power and control. Global communication systems, the global economy, and global crises will be examined from a critical perspective. (N.B. This course will focus on the needs of Doctoral students. Masters students with appropriate background will be admitted with permission.) 1 Credit

CC8946 (CMCT 6305 3.0) Communication Policy

This course will examine the structure and functioning of the media industries and explore the government policies that have been developed to try to ensure that the media function effectively and in the public interest. While emphasis will be placed on the communication media in Canada, attention will also be given to the way in which the media function in other countries and on an international basis. In examining Canadian government policy, attention will be given to public policies in other countries. The mandate and operation of agencies such as the CRTC, the CBC, the National Film Board, and Telefilm Canada will be examined, as well as the central policy development mandate of the federal Department of Canadian Heritage (Previously the Department of Communications). The course will include an examination of a number of major federal policy documents. Attention will be given to special issues arising from the bilingual nature and regional character of Canadian society and to the respective roles of federal and provincial governments. While the primary emphasis is on established media, the course will include consideration of issues related to new media, including discussion of the Information Highway Advisory Council's Phase I and II reports. Antirequisite ARTM 6330 3.0 (York University). 1 Credit

CC8947 (CMCT 6306 3.0) Cultural Policy

This course examines the relationship between cultural and social policy in Canada through the study of historical and contemporary examples. In so doing, focusing on arts policies, the course will examine the historical development of policy and the formulation and execution of municipal, provincial and federal policies in Canada. The course will have a research orientation and will focus in particular on current issues in arts and cultural policy and strategies for the future. Where appropriate, comparative analyses will examine other policy models with special reference to Europe, Britain, and the United States. Antirequisite ARTM 6300 3.0 (York University). 1 Credit

CC8951 (CMCT 6307 3.0) Communications Law

Communication law and regulation are viewed from two perspectives: first, the rationales for regulating broadcasting and telecommunications are explored; and secondly, areas of law and regulation in the fields of broadcasting and telecommunications are examined, including cultural regulation, standards, access, quality service, new services, and rates. This course will examine law, policy, and regulations concerning broadcasting (radio, TV and news services) and telecommunications. Of particular interest are questions about controversial and biased programming, access to media, Canadian content, and the implications of competition and new services in the Canadian broadcasting system. In telecommunications, emphasis will be given to issues arising from competition and new technologies. Antirequisite Law 3005 3.0 (Osgoode). 1 Credit

CC8952 (CMCT 6310 3.0) Polit.Econ.of Media: Tech/Polit/Global

The course examines the profound transformation of the media industries by new technologies and market applications, such as satellite television, the Internet, and the digital revolution. These technological and commercial forces have destabilized national media landscapes, especially where government policies and regulations have attempted to protect and promote domestic cultural and communications industries. The course examines the emergence of transnational commerce actors in the media industries and their impact on political arrangements. Canada is discussed in comparative perspective. 1 Credit

CC8955 (CMCT 5306 3.0) Global Justice and the Environment

Introduction to socio-environmental ethics in general and, in particular, to social justice, as applied to issues of global development, the global environment, and international relations; theoretical schools of thought and particular public controversies are covered. Antirequisite ENVS 5068 3.0 (York University), ENVS 4311 3.0 (York University). 1 Credit

CC8956 (CMCT 6311 3.0) Globalization and Cultural Identities

This course explores globalization and its influence on the construction of cultural identities. We address the contested term and its impact on nations, institutions, and peoples as they experience in local situations special and temporal transformations produced in discourses, images, and actions resulting from this process. Antirequisite SPTH 6212 3.0 (York University) and ANTH 5135 3.0 (York University) 1 Credit

CC8957 (CMCT 6312 3.0) App. Research Meth: Policy & Reg. Research

Provides students with the opportunity to develop the research skills required for policy and regulatory research, and a critical appreciation of their appropriate use in the design of their own research. Antirequisite ENVS 6180 3.0 (York University). 1 Credit

CC8958 (CMCT 6313 3.0) Readings in Public Policy

Exploration of key ideas about public policy processes with an emphasis on how this process is played out in the various policy areas of interest to students in the course. Antirequisite ENVS 6101R 3.0 (York University). 1 Credit

CC8960 (CMCT 6500 3.0) Advanced Communication Technology

This course is an exploration of the major current issues for communication and culture raised by contemporary and emerging communication technologies and their applications. The course encompasses theoretical and applied perspectives. Foundation Course. 1 Credit

CC8962 (CMCT 6503 3.0) Language & Narrative in Film/Video/Mm

Each medium has its own conventions for creating meaning. New interactive media demand new approaches to creating meaning. This course examines the evolution of language and narrative from a theoretical and practical perspective. 1 Credit

CC8966 (CMCT 6516 3.0) Activist Video Making

From the earliest of times, the potential of using film and video to animate, agitate and educate has attracted committed film and video-makers. Participants in this course will be involved in the collaborative production of short community based video works focused on selected social and political issues. The course will also include an historical overview of documentaries made by film and video makers engaged in radical production, post-production and distribution practices. Antirequisite FILM 5320 3.0 (York University). 1 Credit

CC8967 (CMCT 5501 3.0) Contemporary Theory in the Visual Arts

The course contextualizes the contemporary structuralist, psychoanalytical feminist, Marxist, and postmodernist theory with respect to the history and development of specific art practice in the visual arts and its relationship to society. The relationship between contemporary critical theory and artistic production will be addressed through an examination of prescribed reading and examples of works drawn from the visual arts, film, video, new media and performance. This examination incorporates an analysis of French, British and North American sources together with debates, artistic productions, and explorations by contemporary artists. Antirequisite VISA 5600 3.0 (York University). 1 Credit

CC8969 (CMCT 5503 3.0) Media Ethics

An examination of the rights, freedoms, and obligations of the media and of practicing journalists. The course deals withsuch issues as the grounds and limits of freedom of expression, moral responsibilities respecting truth, balance, and objectivity; ethical and business pressures in media; obligations to the public, the audience, sources, colleagues, employers, and oneself. The course includes case studies and discussion of ongoing media activity. Antirequisite PHL530 (Ryerson). 1 Credit

CC8982 (CMCT 6522 3.0) The Body and the Culture of Modernity

In the later half of the twentieth century, the body emerged as a topic that attracted the efforts of many artists who were committed to some form of cultural critique. Many recent artists have revolted against the modern body – the mechanized, regimented, controlled and profoundly unfree body. They have strived to move beyond the culture of modernity by creating a Dionysian body culture that is life-affirming, a culture that expresses bodily energies and passions, a culture that will bind people together in shared cultural experiences of ecstasy and intoxication. They have strived to dissolve the individual ego in collective ecstasy and sensual surrender. In this course we will survey some themes that arise in recent body art and assess their political/cultural implications. 1 Credit

CC8983 (CMCT 6521 3.0) The Culture of the Avant-garde

In this course we survey a number of avant-garde art movements of the twentieth century. We first consider the cultural paradigm that these various artistic movements reacted against, the paradigm known as modernity. We then examine various vanguard artistic movements of the twentieth-century as expressions of discontent with the culture of modernity. We do this partly through selected readings in cultural theory; however, the principal source of information will be the manifestos the various movements issued. 1 Credit

CC8984 (CMCT 6519 3.0) A History of News

This course studies the evolution of news as a historical phenomenon. It focuses on the various forms which news hastaken at different periods and in different places; on how these forms have been influenced by changing technology, business organization, and markets; on how different audiences have responded to news; and on how the producers of news have understood their role in relation to their society, their audiences, their employers and their peers. 1 Credit

CC8985 (CMCT 6515 3.0) Photographic Vision/Practice

The importance of photographic imagery in history, culture, media and communication is widely acknowledged but is for the most part unexamined. This course proposes an investigation into the materials and methods of photographic imagemaking, combined with a survey of key critical writings and the contemporary theories about photographic representation that grow out of these. This dual investigations will be supplemented by independent research and writing undertaken byeach student. Critical texts will balance writings of practicing photographers (Paul Strand, Gisele Freund, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Adams) with those of critics and theorists (Walter Benjamin, Jean Beaudrillard, Alan Sekula, Susan Sontag); in addition, several contemporary anthologies (by Richard Bolton, Vicki Goldberg, Liz Wells) will also provide source material. 1 Credit

CC8986 (CMCT 6507 3.0) Future Cinema

This course examines the shift from the traditional cinematic spectacles to works probing the frontiers of interactive, performative, and networked media. Drawing upon a broad range of scholarship, including film theory, communication studies, cultural studies and new media theory, the course will consider how digital technologies are transforming thesemiotic fabric of contemporary visual cultures. 1 Credit

CC9900 (CMCT 7200 3.0) Advanced Research Methodologies

The principal aim of this course is to cultivate a critical research sensibility that addresses questions of communication and culture and their intersection, with research being defined as an engaged process of enquiry and discovery that leads to the production of social knowledge. Different models of reality will necessarily lead to (1) different propositions about what communicational reality is, and with this (2) different ways of establishing what can be accepted as real, (3) different ways of justifying the data relevant to reality, and (4) different strategies for collecting such data. Doctoral Course. 1 credit

CC9904 (CMCT 7000 3.0) Perspectives in Commun. & Cultural Studies

This course provides an advanced exploration of the majortheories and research approaches in the field, with particular attention to a critical assessment of contemporary theories and methods. The first segment of the course will introduce students to those classical theorists and philosophers whose work was taken up and developed by more recent studies in the late twentieth century. It therefore deliberately anticipates issues that were subsequently developed so that students may be equipped to decide in the second part of the course which themes are relevant or irrelevant to the study of communication and culture. Doctoral Course. 1 Credit

CC9906 (CMCT 6005 0.0) PhD Field Seminar: Disciplinary Practices

This seminar facilitates independent doctoral research by developing skills of disciplinary rigour in relation to individual research interests. It provides guidance in the advancement of field and area specialties in preparation for comprehensive qualifying exams, dissertation proposal, and ethics review process. It includes theories and practices of critical pedagogy and praxis, academic and professional publication, and other elements of professional research.

CC9921 (CMCT 7500 3.0) Technology, Communication and Culture

Employing the insights of the Toronto school and related theories, this course explores culture and technology asproductive processes, with emphasis on the historical development of communication technologies and their influence on culture and society. Doctoral Foundation Course. 1 Credit