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Mass Communication 230

Cultural Industries in Canada

Length of Course: 14 weeks

Classroom Hours per Week: 4

Number of Credits: 3

Prerequisites: Mass Communication 130 and 12 credits

Corequisite: English 100

Text: Shade, L.R., ed. (2014). Mediascapes, 4th ed. Toronto: Nelson.

Course Description:

Much of our everyday information and entertainment is industrially produced and distributed by firms operating in the cultural sector of the economy. This course examines such “cultural industries” (e.g., print, film, music, broadcasting, and the Internet) by focusing on their business structures and economic conditions, and on the regulatory and policy issues they face. Some important themes include: the public sector/ private sector relationship; independent and commercial creators; the rights of creators vs. those of users and distributors; and international dimensions of Canadian cultural production and distribution.

Course Outline:

Week Topic
Week 1 Cultural production: Industries and Issues
Week 2 Approaches to analyzing cultural industries
Week 3 Globalization, multiculturalism, and diasporas
Week 4 Cultural workers
Week 5 Broadcasting
Week 6 Film
Week 7 Gaming
Week 8 Information and marketing
Week 9 Market policies: convergence, deregulation
Week 10 Ownership structures and changes
Week 11 Copyright and Intellectual Property regimes
Week 12 Identities: Indigenous media cultures
Week 13 Review


Mid-term exam 15%
Final exam 20%
Assignments 30%
Project 25%
Participation 10%


Ian Chunn, B.A., M.A. (Toronto), B.Ed. (British Columbia)
Jean Hebert, B.A. (British Columbia), M.A. (Simon Fraser)

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