Monday, March 20, 2017

Communication and Media Studies Special Topics for Summer Term 2017

COMS 4800A

Special Topics in Communication and Media Studies: History of Photography

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 18.05-20.55

July 4 – August 16, 2017 

This course introduces students to the history of photography, from the daguerreotype to the selfie. Students will examine key moments of political, social, philosophical and aesthetic importance in this history, and will discuss contemporary image practices and ethical debates. By the end of the course, students will be able to answer the following questions: what is a photograph? How have photographic technologies changed over time? What are the consequences of these changes? 

Prerequisite(s): fourth year Honours standing in Communication and Media Studies or permission of the School of Journalism and Communication.

COMS 5218S

Special Studies of Media and Communication

Week of June 5th – at Carleton University
Week of June 12th – Emerson College, Boston
Week of June 19th – students complete their assignment

This three-week intensive course explores dynamics of contemporary civic engagement in two national contexts, Canada and the United States. Students will spend one week on Carleton University’s campus in Ottawa and one week on Emerson College’s campus in downtown Boston. The course provides a comparative perspective of research and practice related to civic engagement in the current communication environment. This includes, but is not limited to: 1) models of engagement; 2) social, linguistic, political, cultural, ethnic, religious, and economic minorities; 3) open data and citizen engagement by national governments; 4) legal frameworks for participation; 5) public relations. This course leverages wide-ranging pedagogical approaches, including in-class presentations by professors from both universities, guest presentations by and conversations with leading practitioners, as well as field trips, to provide students with an immersive educational experience. By the end of the course, students are expected to acquire a well-rounded vision and understanding of the challenges and opportunities of contemporary civic engagement from a comparative perspective.

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