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WILFRID LAURIER UNIVERSITY
WATERLOO, ON
COMMUNICATION STUDIES

CS 101A — CANADIAN COMMUNICATION

IN

CONTEXT

FALL 2015

Instructor
Email
Office Location
Office Hours
Phone

Dr. Nathan Rambukkana nrambukkana@wlu.ca DAWB 3-136
Monday 12:00 – 1:00 or by appointment
519 884 0710 x4346

∆ COURSE FORMAT
Lecture
Tutorials
A1
A2
A3
A4
A5
A6
A7
A8
A9
A10
A11
A12
A13
A14

Thursday 4:00 to 5:50

Location: BA 201

Time
Friday 8:30-9:20
Friday 9:30-10:20
Friday 10:30-11:20
Friday 11:30-12:20
Friday 12:30-1:20
Friday 8:30-9:20
Friday 9:30-10:20
Friday 10:30-11:20
Friday 11:30-12:20
Friday 12:30-1:20
Thursday 6:30-7:20
Thursday 7:30-8:20
Thursday 6:30-7:20
Thursday 7:30-8:20

Tutorial Leader
Copland, Kayla
Copland, Kayla
Pope, Amara
Brown, Sami
Brown, Sami
Gupta, Alison
Gupta, Alison
Naraghi, Erika
Naraghi, Erika
Pope, Amara
Zaman, Syeda
Zaman, Syeda
Bull, Katie
Bull, Katie

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Locations
Seminary S102
Seminary S102
Seminary S102
Seminary S102
Seminary S102
Peters P2027
Peters P2027
Peters P2027
Peters P2027
Peters P2027
Seminary S102
Seminary S102
Peters P2027
Peters P2027

Our time each week will divided between lectures, group discussions and, occasionally, the screening of relevant documentaries/other material. The readings for each lecture should be completed by the time of class.

∆ COURSE OVERVIEW
Boilerplate Course Description:
An introduction to the key issues in Canadian communication studies from a variety of perspectives, including such topics as social history of communication in Canada, public policy and politics, and popular culture. — 0.5 Credit
More specifically, this course introduces students to the contemporary communication and media landscapes of Canada—including Canada’s place in the global mediascape. It introduces students to the central institutions, issues and debates that are key to understanding media and communication in Canada and their affects on our cultural milieu. Students will explore a variety of topics including Can-Con regulations and their operation in relation to the Canadian music, film and cultural industries.
We will be critically reflecting on our media usage and our relationships to that media throughout the course. Special emphasis will be put on critical thinking, critical analysis, and the process and skills needed for academic writing in the tutorial sessions.
Course Level Goals
By the end of this course, students will be able to:




Understand the contemporary Canadian communication context, as well as major issues, problematics and debates in that context.
Read and understand scholarly and policy writing on communication issues and synthesize important points.
Have experience writing and editing work in a scholarly context including having a familiarity with the requirements for independent academic research and writing that will be useful for other undergraduate courses and beyond.

∆ REQUIRED TEXTS
1) Faigly, Lester, Roger Graves and Heather Graves. (2015). The Little Pearson Handbook,
Third Canadian Edition. Toronto: Pearson Education Canada. (Really any edition will do.)
Available from the Laurier Bookstore, and can also be found on Amazon.ca.
This book is required for all first year courses in Communication Studies and will give you important background information on academic writing and formatting. Other than this, there are no required texts you need to purchase; all the readings are available either via the web or the
Laurier Library. The links or files are all available from the Content Browser in MyLS, organized by week. Required screenings will also be available via MyLS. If you miss a screening in class, or want to watch it again for midterm/exam review, you can find the link there. 2

∆ IMPORTANT DATES
10 SEPTEMBER
8 OCTOBER
22 OCTOBER
11 NOVEMBER
3 DECEMBER
12-23 DECEMBER

CLASSES BEGIN
ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY DUE (4:00PM TO MYLS DROPBOX)
MIDTERM (ON MYLS)
LAST DATE TO DROP COURSE WITHOUT ACADEMIC PENALTY
RESEARCH PAPER DUE (4:00PM TO MYLS DROPBOX)
FALL EXAM PERIOD (FINAL EXAM ON MYLS EXACT DATE TBA)

∆ GRADING OVERVIEW
10% –– WEEKLY READING RESPONSES
10% — ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY
15% — MIDTERM
20% — TUTORIAL PARTICIPATION
20% — RESEARCH PAPER
25% — FINAL EXAM

∆ GRADING BREAKDOWN
10 % – Weekly Reading Responses
Every week you are to post the main takeaway points for 2 readings, as well as 1 suggested discussion question based on at least one reading for that week, to the designated forum on My
Learning Space by 10:00 pm the night before each class. Note: The forums for each class will be closed at exactly 10:00 pm, so be sure to post your main points and discussion question on time.
These don’t have to be elaborate (a few sentences only, including the question), but they do need to be completed and are the easiest way to either bring up your overall mark, or to reduce it.
Please note: You don’t need to do a Weekly Reading Response for Week 1 (Intro), Week 6
(Midterm), and Week 12 (Last Class).

10 % – Annotated Bibliography
Details for the Annotated Bibliography assignment will be distributed in Week 3. This will be a research assignment in which you will locate sources for your Research Paper (below) and then submit formal references for them using APA format, as well as short annotations. How well you learn the details of APA will be part of the evaluation. Due October 8th.

20% – Tutorial Participation
You will be assigned a participation grade based on several factors including attendance and participation, and the specifics of your tutorial expectations will be outlined by your tutorial leader.
Please note: While we won’t take attendance in lecture, your tutorial leaders will be present and notice if you participate in discussion, sleep through all the lectures, or always leave early. These factors will also potentially affect your participation grade.

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20% — Research Paper
Details for the Research paper will be distributed in Week 3, but in general this will be a 6-8 page paper on 1 of a choice of 4 set topics and will involve library research. Due on the date of our final class, December 3rd.

∆ Course and University Policies
This course will have a number of different forms of evaluation—writing, testing, and participation. If you are not clear on how the grading system works, please consult Wilfrid
Laurier University’s Academic Calendar.
Evaluation Criteria: Grades are not negotiable. We can discuss your grades during office hours.
Grades will not be discussed in lecture times or during tutorials. Grades do not change unless there is a clearly demonstrable mistake (for example, a calculation error or a mistake in a test question). Lateness: Being regularly late for class is not acceptable. It is a disturbance for the instructor and for the other students. If you absolutely have to be late, please come in as quietly as possible. If you make a habit of being late, it will affect your participation mark.
Attendance: You are expected to attend all lectures and tutorials. I realize that sometimes it is impossible to attend a class, however, regularly missing class will impact your participation mark. If you can’t avoid being absent from a tutorial, please inform your tutorial leader in advance to be excused. Your tutorial leader may assign you supplementary work to make up for missed tutorials. You will be responsible for obtaining notes from missed lectures.
Submitting Work: Students are expected to submit work to the appropriate dropbox on MyLS according to dates and times set out in this syllabus. Late work will be accepted without penalty only if accompanied by a medical note. Work submitted late without a medical note will be penalized by five percent per day (e.g., 82  77, 68  63). Late work can be submitted up to a maximum of 3 days late, after which the grade will be zero. TAs/IAs cannot provide extensions or accept medical documentation. If you need to arrange an alternative due date with a medical note or otherwise extreme situation, please come and discuss it with me in my office hours.
Notes: No alternative due dates will be given within a week of a due date or over email.
Turnitin software may be used for all assignments.

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CLASS SCHEDULE
Please do the readings for class topics before lecture and tutorial.
There are also required viewings in class that will appear on the midterm/exam. Links to these will be available on MyLS.
September 10th

Week 1 – Introduction [4]
Readings:
“Communication Studies” Encyclopedia Entry (MyLS) [4]
Tutorials: No Tutorials

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September 17th

Week 2 – Communication Studies in the Canadian Context [37]
Readings:
Hamilton – “Considering Critical Communication Studies in Canada” (MyLS/ereserves) [20]
Lipton – “Doing Media Studies (MyLS/e-reserves) [17]
Tutorials: Reading and Analyzing Academic Writing
September 24th

Week 3 – Media Industries, Convergence & Concentration + Library Orientation [41]
Readings:
Theckedath & Thomas – “Media Ownership and Convergence in Canada” (MyLS)
[9]
Blidook – “Choice and Content: Media Ownership and Democratic Ideals in
Canada” (MyLS) [18]
Edge – “Convergence after the Collapse: The 'Catastrophic' Case of Canada”
(Laurier Library/MyLS) [14]
Tutorials: Proper Citation and APA Formatting
**Annotated Bibliography Assignment Distributed this Week**
October 1st

Week 4 – Canadian Media Structures & Institutions [29]
Readings:
Dewing – “Canadian Broadcasting Policy” (MyLS) [22]
Harowitz – “So Long CanCon” (MyLS) [6]
Tencer – “Canadian Newspapers, Local TV Could Be Gone By 2025: Analyst”
(MyLS) [1]
Tutorials: Doing Research
October 8th

Week 5 – Audiences, Users, Makers [46]
Readings:
Wagman – “Log on, Goof off, and Look up: Facebook and the Rhythms of
Canadian Internet Use.” (MyLS) [24]
Penley – “Brownian Motion: Women, Tactics and Technology” (MyLS/e-reserves)
[14]
Pauli – “Making a Revolution with Cory Doctorow” (MyLS) [6]

Mister Jalopy – “Maker’s Bill of Rights” (MyLS) [2]

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Tutorials: Midterm Review
**Annotated Bibliography assignment due to MyLS Dropbox by 4:00 pm sharp today**
FALL READING BREAK (NO CLASS!)
October 22nd

Week 6 – Midterm (No class)
No Readings!
No Tutorials
October 29th

Week 7 – Digitization/Globalization [25]
Readings:
Kumar – “Digitizing India: The Transformation from Analog to Digital Cable
Television” (MyLS) [4]
Fletcher – “Media and Political Identity: Canada and Quebec in the Era of
Globalization” (MyLS) [12]
Menzies – “Digital Networks: The Medium of Globalization and the Message”
(MyLS) [9]
Tutorials: Grammar 1
November 5th

Week 8 – Media Production & Labour [51]
Readings:
Shepherd – “Young Canadians’ Apprenticeship Labour in User-Generated
Content” (MyLS) [21]
Dyer-Witheford & de Peuter – “‘EA Spouse’ and the Crisis of Video Game
Labour: Enjoyment, Exclusion, Exploitation and Exodus” (MyLS) [11]
Coté & Pybus – “Learning to Immaterial Labour 2.0” (MyLS) [19]
Tutorials: Grammar 2
November 12th

Week 9 – Media Ownership & Intellectual Property [34]
Readings:
Bannerman – “Canadian Copyright: History, Change and Potential” (MyLS) [20]
Winseck – “Last Chance for Copyright Extremists” (MyLS) [6]

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Tutorials: Punctuation
**Last day to drop without academic penalty is Nov. 11th**
November 19th

Week 10 – Privacy, Surveillance & Control [40]
Readings:
Vaidhyanathan – “Welcome to the Surveillance Society” (MyLS) [4]
Chung & Grimes – “Datamining the Kids: Surveillance and Market Research
Strategies in Children's Online Games” (MyLS) [14]
Holmes – “Canada's Federal Privacy Laws” (MyLS) [19]
Nerenberg – "Privacy Commissioner slams anti-terror legislation Bill C-51” [3]
Tutorials: Style and Language
November 26th

Week 11 – Media & the Environment [44]
Readings:
Maxwell & Miller – “The Real Future of Media” (MyLS) [9]
Bryant – “Communication and the Environment in the Age of the ‘Small Planet’”
(MyLS) [16]
Lepawsky & McNabb – “Mapping International Flows of Electronic Waste”
(Laurier Library/MyLS) [19]
Tutorials: Revision and Peer Editing
December 3rd

Week 12 – Post Mortem & Exam Review
No Readings!
Tutorials: Final Exam Review
**Research Paper assignment due to MyLS Dropbox by 4:00 pm today**

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Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Additional Information
1. Students with disabilities or special needs are advised to contact Laurier's Accessible Learning Office for information regarding its services and resources. Students are encouraged to review the Calendar for information regarding all services available on campus.
2. Students are expected to be aware of and abide by University Regulations and Policies, as outlined in the 20152016 Undergraduate Academic Calendar & 2015-2016 Graduate Academic Calendar.
3. Students must reserve the examination period as stated in the Undergraduate Calendar under Academic Dates. If you are considering registering for a special examination or event, you should select a time outside the examination period. Consult with the Undergraduate Calendar for special circumstances for examination deferral (applicable to undergraduate students only).
4. The penalties for plagiarism or any form of academic misconduct are severe and enforced at all times. The
Student Code of Conduct and Discipline, and the procedures for investigating and determining appropriate disciplinary measures for breaches of the Code are given in the current Undergraduate and Graduate Calendar.
Please note: submitting the same work to two different courses, or to different sections of the same course, is academic misconduct and will be addressed according to the procedures outlined in the Undergraduate and
Graduate Calendar. Students who are repeating a course are not permitted to reuse essays or assignments from the previous course.
Wilfrid Laurier University uses software that can check for plagiarism. Students may be required to submit their written work in electronic form and have it checked for plagiarism.
5. Students are to adhere to the Principles in the Use of Information Technology and the Policy on the
Classroom Use of Electronic Devices. These Principles and Policy, and resulting actions for breaches are stated in the current Undergraduate and Graduate Calendar.
6. Students' names may be divulged in the classroom, both orally and in written form, to other members of the class. Students who are concerned about such disclosures should contact the course instructor to identify whether there are any possible alternatives to such disclosures.
7. Additional information on the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act at Laurier is available at the Privacy Coordinator Office.

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...William Gaines Comm 200 Interpersonal Communication Professor Mary Anne Witt 4/22/2012 To relate to this article is a hard thing to do because the article is based on the marriage relationship, but if I was to change the marriage part I could very much relate to this article. The disclosure on just a relationship works the same the way, because without proper communication a relationship can turn sour really quick. Without knowing what the other person in the relationship is thinking then one could assume that the relationship is either a bust or things are going well. Based on a relationship stand point I have dated and some relationship I just did not find that I was happy or there were things about the individual that I did not like and I am pretty sure that they felt the same way about me bout we did not communicate this to each other therefore we just separated. After reading the article seeing that a lot of the past relationships that I was in ended really bad this could have been avoided by just talking to the individual and finding out what each other disclosures were. I do feel that the disclosure in a relationship is important after reading the article because it’s the back bone of the communication part of the relationship. Leaving out the disclosure is like leaving out a main ingredient in a recipe it will not allow the relationship to move further north or move to be positive because of the lack of the true communication from both parts of the......

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