Media, Culture, and Technology Pathway

  • We live in a rapidly changing world of media communication, technologically enhanced creativity, and social networking and connectivity.  Liberal Studies students in this Pathway have taken an interest in how culture, media, and technology shape our identities, our relationships, our perceptions and our planet at local and global levels.  Students have looked at how activists launch a visual response, how advertising perpetuates gender stereotypes, how museums construct and display narratives about nations and communities, how the graphic novel can be a political intervention, and how art education spurs student engagement with society. 

    Whether individuals want to explore visual culture, online activism, or how technology impacts the public and private realms, the Media, Culture, and Technology Pathway will help LSBA students further their own critical and thoughtful trajectories through the diverse landscapes of our image and content-saturated environment.

    Please refer to Course Schedule & Fee Search to determine whether the courses listed below are on offer in a specific term. The courses have been divided into subsets with some dual listings when the course material covers both topics.

    Subset I: Visual Arts and Media                            

  • English Requirement (6 required credits)

    ENGL 100 Academic Writing Strategies 

    Before selecting a section, review the course descriptions for the various sections of English 100 on offer in a given term. Instructors often organize their English 100 courses around the investigation of a specific topic or theme – e.g. advertising, popular culture/film, and so forth. Check the English courses website to see whether there is a section particularly well suited to your areas of interest. 

         and

    Any 100-level ENGL Literature course. Please note that the focus of individual English courses changes from term to term. Students interested in topics relating to media, culture, and technology might find that some offerings of ENGL 109 explore particularly relevant themes and texts.  Check the  English courses website to see whether there is a section exploring materials relevant to your areas of interest.

    ENGL 107 First Nations Literature and Film
    ENGL 109 Contemporary Issues in Literature and Culture

    Lower Level Course Requirements (36 required credits)

    Humanities 100 Level     (6 required credits)
         Note: May not include English.

         AHIS 104 Introduction to Visual Culture I 
         AHIS 105 and 105 Introduction to Visual Culture II

    Social Sciences 100 Level     (6 required credits)
         WMST 150 Popular Culture and Gender

    Arts 200 Level in at least two subject areas     (18 required credits)
         AHIS 211 Modern Art – 20th Century
         ANTH 240 Visual Anthropology
         ENGL 219 Reel Lit: Literature into Film
         PHIL 222 Philosophy of Culture (Aesthetics)

    Lower or Upper Level Electives (12 required credits)

    Note 1: Courses listed above in Lower Level Course Requirements can also be used here.
    Note 2: No more than 9.00 credits outside of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences

    Suggestedcourses outside of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences:

    CMNS 123 Fundamentals of Communication for Artists and Designers
    CMNS 132 Explorations in Mass Media
    CMNS 209 History of Media
    CMNS 222 Decoding Media Strategies
    CMNS 253 Society and New Media
    CMNS 295 The Culture of Advertising
    DSGN 121 Creative Thinking for Designers I
    DSGN 122 Creative Thinking for Designers II
    IDES 131 Survey and Principles of Illustration 1
    IDES 132 Survey and Principles of Illustration II
    IDES 133 Visual Studies (Photography & Life Drawing)
    IDES 141 Survey and Principles of Design I
    IDES 142 Survey and Principles of Design 11
    IDES 151 Digital Media I (Intro to CS and IA/UX) 

    Upper Level Breadth Requirements (18 required credits)

    Humanities Upper Level in at least 2 disciplines     (9 required credits)
         AHIS 305 History of Photography
         AHIS 320 Art, Activism, and Citizenship
         ENGL 338 Literature and Media
         ENGL 341 Literature and Visual Culture
         PHIL 305 Philosophy Through Film

    Upper Level Electives (24 required credits)

    Note 1: 6.00 credits of upper level Science courses are recommended.
    Note 2: Courses listed above in Upper Level Breadth Requirements can also be used here.
    Note 3: No more than 12.00 credits outside of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

    Suggested courses outsideof the Faculty of Arts and Sciences:

    CMNS 370 Photography as Communication: Fact and Fiction
    MATH 300 Mathematics and Creative Arts (Q course)
    MOPA 302 World Cinema
    MOPA 312 Canadian Cinema
    MOPA 323 Queer Cinema

  • Subset II: Technology, Society, Culture

  • English Requirement (6 required credits)

    ENGL 100 Academic Writing Strategies 

    Before selecting a section, review the course descriptions for the various sections of English 100 on offer in a given term. Instructors often organize their English 100 courses around the investigation of a specific topic or theme – e.g. digital literacy, print culture/book history, privacy/surveillance, and so forth. Check the English courses website to see whether there is a section particularly well suited to your areas of interest. 

                and

    Any 100-level ENGL Literature course. Please note that the focus of individual English courses changes from term to term. Students interested in topics relating to media, culture, and technology might find that some offerings of ENGL 109 explore particularly relevant themes and texts.  Check the English courses website to see whether there is a section exploring materials relevant to your areas of interest.

    Lower Level Course Requirements (36 required credits)

    Humanities 100 Level (6 required credits)
         Note: May not include English.

         ENGL 107 First Nations Literature and Film
         ENGL 109 Contemporary Issues in Literature and Culture

    Social Sciences 100 Level (6 required credits)
         ANTH 121 Introduction to Social Anthropology
         SOC 100 Social Structures

    Arts 200 Level in at least two subject areas (18 required credits)
         AHIS 215 Art and Technology
         ENGL 214 Technology and Culture
         ENGL 219 Reel Lit: Literature into Film
         PHIL 230 Minds, Brains and Machines
         SOC 222 Sociology of the Arts   

    Lower or Upper Level Electives (12 required credits)

    Note: No more than 9.00 credits outside of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences

    Suggested courses outside of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences:

    CMNS 132 Explorations in Mass Media
    CMNS 209 History of Media>
    CMNS 222 Decoding Media Strategies
    CMNS 253 Society and New Media
    CMNS 295 The Culture of Advertising
    DSGN 121 Creative Thinking for Designers I
    DSGN 122 Creative Thinking for Designers II
    IDES 131 Survey and Principles of Illustration 1
    IDES 132 Survey and Principles of Illustration II
    IDES 133 Visual Studies (Photography & Life Drawing)
    IDES 141 Survey and Principles of Design I
    IDES 142 Survey and Principles of Design 11
    IDES 151 Digital Media I (Intro to CS and IA/UX)
    MOPA 211 American Cinema

    Science, Quantitative, Analytical Requirements

    Mathematics or Computing Science or Statistics course (3 required credits)

    COMP 165 Introduction to Multimedia and the Internet

    Upper Level Breadth Requirements (18 required credits)

    Humanities Upper Level in at least 2 disciplines (9 required credits)
         ENGL 335 Electronic Literature
         ENGL 338 Literature and Media
         PHIL 305 Philosophy Through Film

    Social Sciences Upper Level in at least 2 disciplines (9 required credits)
         PSYC 415 Psychology and the Internet
         SOC 300 Sociology of Consumer Culture

    Upper Level Electives (24 required credits)

    Note 1: 6.00 credits of upper level Science courses are recommended.
    Note 2: Courses listed above in Upper LevelBreadth Requirements can also be used here.
    Note 3: No more than 12.00 credits outside of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

    Suggested courses outside of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences:

    CMNS 353 Communication Technology in the Workplace and Everyday Life
    CMNS 370 Photography as Communication: Fact and Fiction
    MOPA 302 World Cinema
    MOPA 312 Canadian Cinema
    MOPA 323 Queer Cinema

  • Student Profiles

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