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Mass Communication 253

Introduction to Information Technology: The New Media

Length of Course: 14 weeks

Number of Credits: 3

Prerequisites:  Mass Communication 110 or 130 and 12 credits

Corequisite: English 100

Text: New Media: an Introduction (2nd Can. Ed). Flew and Smith

Course Description:

This course provide an introduction to the study of technology and society using new media as its focus. A number of approaches (theories and methods) to the study of new media and information technology will be introduced, along with an examination of the social, cultural and economic implications of new media in our information-intensive network-driven and social software-enhanced 21st century. Students will engage in activities designed to enhance their ability and understanding of important skills ("literacies") in collective media.

Course Outline:

Week Topic
Week 1 Introduction
Week 2 What is New Media?
Week 3 History
Week 4 Theory
Week 5 Mobility
Week 6 Social Networks and participatory culture
Week 7 Mid-term
Week 8 Games
Week 9 Creative Industries
Week 10 Knowledge Economy
Week 11 Internet Policy
Week 12 Issues
Week 13 Presentations; Conclusion


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


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

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