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Athabasca University

CMNS 202/POLI 291: Media and Power in Canadian Society

Canada’s mass media have played a particularly significant role in the country’s development as a distinct nation. The course is structured around issues of media power in Canadian life. It examines related features of the Canadian experience as they have shaped current perspectives on national and international media developments.

Key themes include: the development of state controls and policies, the changing roles of public and private institutions, the impact and scope of new technologies, social demographics and social diversity, and the tensions between democratic citizenship and mass consumer culture. The central section of the course looks at how the mass media affects the social construction of identity and democratic participation in public life. It concludes with an account of current challenges, restructuring and rethinking of the Canadian mass media environment.

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Updated June 19 2019 by Student & Academic Services

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