Courses in FIMS

Courses Offered in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies

2017-2018: on sabbatical

LIS 9705/MS 9270: Information and Communication in a Digital Age

Information and communication technologies (ICTs) are becoming ubiquitous: email, instant messaging, Ereaders, mobile phones, social media, blogs, etc. How are these technologies affecting the way we communicate and seek information? What new challenges and possibilities emerge? The aim of the course is to determine current trends in the design and use of information and communication technologies and to critically examine how this revolution in communication affects our understanding of information and information behaviors. In this course, we will examine specific user populations, such as scholars, teenagers, the elderly, and students. We will examine also the challenges that libraries face in the advent of new forms of information dissemination and acquisition.

Research Methods in Media Studies

This course is designed to prepare students to undertake their own independent research. Topics covered include the role of theory in research; the choice of a research problem; and the design of research projects. Students will become familiar with a range of research tools and approaches including experimental design; survey research and questionnaire design; interviewing; participant observation and ethnography; discourse analysis.

Communication and Information in a Digital World

Communication technologies are becoming ubiquitous: email, instant messaging, mobile phones, Facebook, blogs, etc. How are these technologies affecting the way we communicate? What new challenges and possibilities emerge from these new forms of communication? The aim of the course is to determine current trends in the design and use of communication technologies and to critically examine how this revolution in communication affects our understanding of information and information behaviors. In this course, we will examine specific user populations, such as teenagers, the elderly, and students. We will examine also the challenges that libraries face in the advent of new forms of information dissemination and acquisition.

Media Information Technology: Culture and Communities in Cyberspace

Introduces students to issues of diversity, community and culture in the online world of cyberspace. The relationship between virtual communities and other communities is explored, along with issues of virtual ecology, environment, male-female relations, politics, ritual, expressive culture and spaces.


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