Courses

Approved courses for fulfilling the MST Major

A major in Media Studies requires *42, including a minimum of *30 and a maximum of *48 at the senior level, and a minimum of *6 at the 400 level.

The following six courses are required:

MST 100 Introduction to Media Studies

*3 (fi 6) (either term, 3-0-0)
This course introduces students to the discipline of Media Studies, how it has developed, its historical objects and contemporary tools of study, and how it contributes to our understanding of culture. Students will trace media history from Gutenberg to Zuckerberg, studying a range of key theoretical texts and applying them to your own media habits and experiences, as well as to case studies drawn from historical and contemporary media, including oral, print, photographic, cinematic, broadcast, and digital media. You will also be introduced to the foundations of media archeology, a key, cutting-edge media-historical methodology.

MST 200 Critical Media Studies

*3 (fi 6) (either term, 3-0-0)
This advanced course introduces students to advanced Media Studies theories and approaches in their historical contexts. You will read and critically evaluate key texts from the theoretical movements that shaped Media Studies thought and research methods. In addition, you will examine alternatives to canonical Western media theory by exploring, for example, Indigenous approaches to mediation and political communication. In your own analyses of media objects, you will apply key theoretical approaches to media emerging from feminism, queer theory, critical race theory, postcolonialism, Marxism, and psychoanalysis, among other theoretical paradigms.  

MST 210 Contemporary Media Culture

*3 (fi 6) (either term, 3-0-0)
This course introduces students to key topical (and rapidly changing) trends and issues in contemporary media culture, such as participatory and social media activism and demagogy; election meddling; cyberbullying; fan culture; convergence; gamification; virtual reality; Artificial Intelligence; network culture; and maker culture. You will develop a critical understanding of the media practices surrounding you and how they are shaping your own lives, realities, and subjectivities. You will also gain a keen sense of how contemporary phenomena are historically anchored and, hence, where future developments in media industries and technologies may lead.

MST 300 Researching Media

*3 (fi 6) (either term, 3-0-0)
This course offers a survey of research methods in Media Studies. With a view to developing your own research projects for your final year, you will become familiar with and form a critical understanding of various qualitative and quantitative research paradigms, methodologies, and analytical practices, such as: text and discourse analysis, content analysis, audience surveys, ethnographic observation, and interviews. You will learn how to design a rigorous research project, to identify a research question, to choose appropriate methods, to perform the actual research, and to draw conclusions from what you find. In doing so, you will also develop an understanding of the ethical, cultural, and economic implications of media research.

MST 310 Media Professions, Institutions and Ethics

*3 (fi 6) (either term, 3-0-0)
This course introduces students to theoretical issues surrounding the political economy of media, democracy, censorship, and freedom of expression, regulation and control, as well as issues relating to privacy, surveillance, and sousveillance. In addition to giving you an historical and theoretical context of understanding, it will enable you, through guest lectures and workshops, to engage directly with individuals working in various media industries and professions. To help you work towards a  professional portfolio, the course contains an optional Community Service Learning component.

MST 400 Media Portfolio

*3 (fi 6) (either term, 3-0-0)
In this capstone course, students will produce individually or collaboratively designed and executed analytic and creative projects in a way that (a) synthesizes what you have learned throughout the Media Studies program, and (b) allows you to work on a project portfolio that will be immediately relevant to your career goals. You will develop your projects through independent study and classwork involving peer-to-peer criticism and review.

 (★24) Students can choose from a list of approved courses - details TBA.

 Areas of Study include:

Media History; Media Technologies and Culture; Media Industries, Politics, and Society; Digital Cultures and Publics; Transnational and Postcolonial Media Studies; Visual Culture and Transmedia; Feminism, Gender, and the Media; Games and Interactive Media.