COMM U International Communication This course focuses on international communications and its intersections with world politics in an age of increasing global interdependence. COMM U Intercultural Communication This course examines communication in an intercultural context, where it is affected by divergent value systems, differing levels of technological adaptation, and unequal power configurations. It examines some of the major perspectives in communication theory, including the main American and European schools of thought, from the technological McLuhan prophesies to the symbolic and socio-political dimensions feminist and cultural studies. Transformative learning and critical thinking in asynchronous online discussions: What roles have the successive information and media revolutions played in resolving or exacerbating international conflicts?
This course examines the theory, strategies and ethics of public relations in society with reference to historical and current examples. This course will utilize core critical concepts from film theory psychoanalysis and feminism to contemporary Continental philosophy and cultural criticism to analyze films, videos, mobile communication devices, and gaming cultures, with reference to key thinkers, movements, and contexts. This course introduces students to the theoretical foundations of the field of visual rhetoric. This course introduces the study of digital media and society. The course intends to provide students with meaningful scholarly analysis of nonviolent communication case studies and theories such that students become more self-empowered, build a better understanding of others, are able to bridge differences, and can build harmonious relationships on a variety of levels. Do mobile devices contribute to civic engagement?
By learning a vocabulary of visual meaning-making based on gestalt theory, visual semiotics, discourse analysis, and visual culture, students explore how visual texts can be rhetorical or persuasive across a multitude of visual genres. Digital media technologies weigh heavily on the quality of our lives as citizens and on the quality of our political environment. The role of new media in security, terrorism, foreign policy, and conflict resolution will be probed, with special consideration given to current issues and ongoing global events.
By focusing on timely, relevant and important issues in Communication studies, the students will gain an understanding of new areas of research. Thematic analysis was used to synthesize the findings and conclusions from the various studies into recurrent themes and subthemes. The lecture component of the course focuses on the principles of public speaking while the tutorials allow students to practice public speaking.
Students will learn about the design process of new media objects and about the role played by code, software, interfaces and networks in constructing our cultural experience of being online. This course will provide an understanding of participatory modes of research for social change by drawing upon traditions such as action research, co-research, participatory theatre, militant ethnography, and institutional analysis. Topics will include language and perception; emotions across cultures; culture and advertising; body language; and cultural stereotyping.
This course examines communication in an intercultural context, where it is affected by divergent value systems, differing levels of technological adaptation, and unequal power configurations.
Through a survey of relevant theories and case studies, the course analyzes how companies, managerial discourses and processes and ICTs are transforming workplaces, work practices and workers too. This course surveys and applies competing theories of popular culture in society through case studies of ads, films, TV shows, video games, comic books, music, celebrities and more. It explores how the shift from analog to digital is changing the way we live, learn, work, shop, play, and vote and surveys debates about the present and future impacts of digital media technologies in society.
The results of the analysis indicated that practitioners should employ a multi-step approach to facilitating critical thinking and reflection in AODs.
UOIT – Course Descriptions
COMM U Writing and Publishing in the Digital Age This course introduces students to criticap theory and practice of professional writing, editing, distributing and exhibiting content through the Web using digital publishing software.
This course examines the globalization of entertainment media. The course will cover topics such as: What roles have the successive information and media revolutions played in resolving or exacerbating international conflicts?
COMM U Screen Studies formerly Film and Video This course will utilize core critical concepts from film theory psychoanalysis and feminism to contemporary Continental philosophy and cultural criticism to analyze films, videos, mobile communication devices, and gaming cultures, with reference to key thinkers, movements, and contexts. While tracing the evolution of major theories and concepts in the field, students will apply diverse theoretical insights to the analysis of past and current problems in world politics, the flow and contra-flow of global media, and the impact of globalization.
COMM U Special Topics In this course students will undertake in-depth explorations of selected topics in communication, culture, and crifical technology.
COMM U Communication and Conflict Resolution This course allows for students to explore communication and conflict resolution at a variety of levels including intrapersonal, interpersonal, group, organizational and global conflict.
Communication and Digital Media Studies.
The course will include topics such as objectivity, freedom of expression, representations of sex, violence and other human behaviour, privacy, confidentiality and obligations to the public.
This course is an advanced examination of the theory, practice and effects of social media technologies including Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter. In this literature review, I sought to investigate instructional strategies that could be used to promote critical and reflective thinking in asynchronous online discussions to inform future research and practice.
The finished product can be an individually authored research paper or a practical team project that addresses community needs such as a communication report, a strategic management plan, or a communication artifact.
Do social media promote political expression? This course examines the conditions and meaning of vritical in the global information age. This course critically examines the place of advertising in contemporary consumer society.
Students are exposed to practical strategies for using communication to resolve conflict and build understanding at both the personal and global levels. COMM U Public Relations This course examines the theory, strategies and ethics of public relations in society with reference to historical and current examples.
Do ICTs empower the many or only the few? It will start with basic writing and speaking skills and will emphasize their application in the preparation of reports and other technical writing. COMM U Persuasion formerly Persuasion, Argumentation and Negotiation The concept of rhetoric-as-persuasion is associated with the power of language to liberate, emancipate, control, and deceive the public.