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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online
Area of Study: Social Science
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences
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CMNS 402 has a Challenge for Credit option.
In this course students will engage critically with problems presented by the production, distribution, and consumption of global media products, and will develop an understanding of the social, political, and economic influences that shape global media systems.
We discuss both mainstream and alternative media of various countries in the broader context of international media flows. Case studies focus mainly on North and Latin America, but readings and assignments offer scope for exploring the media systems of other regions.
CMNS 402 will develop students’ ability to
Unit 1: Introduction to the Study of Global Media
Unit 2: Controlling Communications
Unit 3: Global Networks and Flows: America and the World
Unit 4: Alternative Media Systems
Unit 5: Media in Latin America
To receive credit for CMNS 402, students must complete all of the assignments and achieve a grade of at least fifty percent on each of them. There is no final exam. The weighting of the assignments is as follows:
To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.
McPhail, T. L. (2014). Global communication: Theories, stakeholders and trends (4th ed.). Chichester, UK: John Wiley and Sons.
All of the other course materials are online.
The Challenge for Credit process allows you to demonstrate that you have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university-level course.
Full information about Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.
To receive credit for the CMNS 402 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least D (50 percent) on the examination.
Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.
Opened in Revision 2, February 26, 2015.
Updated October 24, 2019 by Student & Academic Services