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2016 Archived News

Dr Michael Lithgow joins program faculty

Following the retirement of Dr Evelyn Ellerman, we are pleased to welcome Dr. Michael Lithgow to the program and the university. Dr. Lithgow brings our students the benefit of his wide ranging experience in journalism and media activism to complement his teaching and scholarly interests. 

Communication Studies at the Graduate Level

Lara Hill, a graduate of the Communication Studies BPA program, has gone on to work in international development projects including the one profiled in this podcast about her work in the Maldives, and is about to begin PhD studies at Royal Roads University in 2017.

Communication Studies at the Graduate Level

The Communication Studies program has been working with the Master of Arts Integrated Studies degree program at Athabasca University to implement a new stream in the MAIS degree in "Writing and New Media." Our first two courses are open now. These are MAIS 623, "Introduction to Trends in New Media: Digital Humanities" and MAIS 620, "Digital Story-telling."

Digital Media and Social Change Scholarships 2016

Scholarships for Social Change

Edmonton Screen Industries Consultation Session 2016

Understanding the importance of a strong film, television and digital screen industry...

Do you study with a smartphone (e.g. iphone) or a tablet (e.g. ipad) for your Athabasca University course?

If so, Stephen Addison, a learning designer in the Centre for Learning Design & Development here at Athabasca University, would like to hear from you.

Stephen is doing research into mobile learning with a view of improving AU courses based on the experiences of AU students who sometimes study using a mobile device. Therefore he would appreciate it if you would answer a few questions for him in a telephone interview that will take approximately 30 minutes.

If you are interested in participating in this research study, please contact him at, 780-421-5838

Writer in Residence

AU welcomes new Writer-in-Residence: Acclaimed “Half-Blood Blues” novelist Esi Edugyan

Course Revisions

Despite deep government cutbacks to post-secondary education over the last few years, we continue to revise and update our courses whenever possible. We are proud to announce:

  • complete revisions to CMNS 420 (Children and Media),  CMNS 402 (Global Communication)  and CMNS 423 The Television Age
  • In 2016-2017 we will release complete revisions or substantial updates to:

CMNS 201 Introduction to Mass  Media
CMNS 202 Media and Power in Canada
CMNS 301 Theory
CMNS 380 Corporate Communications
CMNS 401 Cultural Policy in Canada
CMNS 444 Media Relations
CMNS 455 Media Ethics

Updated January 24 2017 by Student & Academic Services

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