CMNS 202 / POLI 291: Media and Power in Canadian Society Report a Broken Link

CMNS 202 / POLI 291: Media and Power in Canadian Society examines the Canadian experience in the context of national and international media developments. These developments include new institutions, ownership structures, and technologies that threaten to destabilize the premises of nationalist media policies, and challenge the central role of the state in the media environment. The course will focus on understanding the patterns of power—political, cultural and economic—that intersect in these processes.

Unit 1: Introduction to the Canadian Communications Environment


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Unit 2: Power and Freedom: the Political Dimensions of the Mass Media


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Unit 3: From Networks to Nation: Mass Media and Canadian History


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Unit 4: Monopolies, Megadeals, and the Mothercorp: Regulating Broadcasting


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Home page: CanLII
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Unit 5: Freedom of Information, Free Markets, and the Law


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Unit 6: The Audience is Speaking: Diversity and Participation in the Mass Media System


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Unit 7: Media as Mirror or Window? Social Differences and Freedom of Expression


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Unit 8: The Daily What? Newspapers in the New Mediascape


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Unit 9: Turn Off that TV and Make Some Policy: Issues in Broadcasting


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Unit 10: Heavy Baggage: Old Debates in a New Century


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Unit 11: Digital Media: Strangely Familiar


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Unit 12: Conclusion: New Media Technologies and the Future


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