Course Description

Course Name

Advanced Communication Theory

Session: VDNS3122

Hours & Credits

18 Credit Points

Prerequisites & Language Level

18 200-level MFCO or COMS points or GEND 205 or GEND 305

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


News media routine processes, mythologies, structural constraints, access and equity; discourses and social contexts of news production.
MFCO 303 offers a critical and theoretical study of contemporary everyday communicative encounters. The paper explores the various everyday encounters and introduces students to ethnography as a research method to unpack the complexities of the everyday. Students will go on fieldwork, and write a photo-essay. The paper is both theoretically and practically oriented.

Course Structure
We aim to show that the everyday is not ordinary and explore concepts such as taste, culture industry, gender, somatics, consumer culture, nationalism and patriotism and place/space. Our focus is on learning the skills of ethnography and critical literacy to untangle the complexities of everyday communicative moments.

-In-Class Test 25%
-Methodology Essay 20%
-Critical Photo Essay 45%
-Tutorial Participation 10%

Learning Outcomes
-Acquire knowledge of communication networks that operate between multiple and various social and cultural communities
-Discover, through research, the ways in which communicative encounters are enabled
-Learn, through the readings, how to think through the ideological and political implications of everyday communication
-Achieve competence in oral and written skills in order to effectively communicate knowledge and understanding of the main issues raised by the course

Course reader

*Course content subject to change