Course Offerings for 2016/17
The Honours Digital Media and Journalism BA program and its courses are only available at the Brantford Campus.
The following course information is provided for your convenience. Schedules are subject to change and should be checked on LORIS, where location information can also be found. Full, official academic information, including prerequisites and exclusions, can be found on the academic calendars.
If you would like to take a course for which you are missing a prerequisite or are in the wrong year level or major, you will have to complete the Digital Media and Journalism Override Form. Filling out the form does not guarantee entry into the course.
If no faculty member is named, the instructor is to be announced.
Unless otherwise noted, all courses are 0.5 credits. An asterisk (*) denotes a 1.0-credit course.
In the course codes below, JN stands for Journalism, MX stands for Media Studies and UX stands for User Experience Design.
JN 101: Reporting and Writing for News
Students learn and practice the reporting, writing and interviewing techniques involved in news reporting while reflecting upon the fundamental values and principles of journalism.
- W/F 10-11:20 a.m., Susan Ferguson
JN109: Interpersonal Communications in Contemporary Society
Communication skills are probably the single most important skill required to be successful in any type of relationship. This course will provide an introduction to research and theories in the field of interpersonal communications and how this information relates to individuals in contemporary society. In addition, the course focuses on building and enhancing your knowledge in the kinds of communications skills that employers expect. (Cross-listed as OL109 and MB109.)
Fall 2016; Winter 2017
- BR1 (fall): WF 11:30 a.m. - 12:50 p.m., Kris Gerhardt
- BR2 (winter): TR 1-2:20 p.m., Kris Gerhardt
JN 202: Cross-Media Story Telling
This course invites students to develop a cross-media mode of thinking about storytelling in a converged media environment. Students will learn the basics of researching, organizing and telling stories effectively across multiple media platforms (e.g., print, audio, video, and the web) and a variety of social contexts (e.g., public relations, blogging, journalism, speeches, etc.).
- BR1: M 4-5:20 p.m.
- Lab 1A: M 5:30-6:50 p.m.
- BR2: W 4-5:20 p.m.
- Lab 1B: W 5:30-6:50 p.m.
JN 204: Media, Law and Ethics
This course studies the legal and ethical implications of contemporary media practices, including journalism, public relations and digital/social media.
- M 7-9:50 p.m., Thomas Rose
JN 208: Researching for News
This course introduces technology-assisted techniques for issue-based research with a special emphasis on the critical evaluation of information and sources. Topics explored will include computer-assisted reporting such as how to use spreadsheet data and analytical software; how to obtain electronic and hard copy records from public agencies and other sources; and how to track down credible sources. Assignments will emphasize the acquisition, analysis and evaluation of qualitative and quantitative information and its visualization.
- R 11:30 a.m. - 2:20 p.m., Ellen Russell
JN/MX 211: Introduction to Media Studies
This course introduces students to the history of media forms and key theories in media studies.
- W/F 1-2:20 p.m., Abby Goodrum
JN/MX 213: Reading Media
This course provides an introduction to media semiotics, teaching students skills in the practical criticism of major contemporary media forms with an emphasis on digital and social media. This course gives students the ability to think and speak more critically about the way media works in contemporary contexts.
- R 4-6:50 p.m., Joey B. Jakob
JN 214: Political Journalism
- Lecture: T 5:30-6:50 p.m., Rick Gamble
- Lab: R 5:30-6:50 p.m., Rick Gamble
JN222: Digital and Social Media: Critical Approaches
This course provides students with the theoretical building blocks to think critically about the powerful ways that information communication technologies are taken up in social, cultural and individual practices. By surveying key themes in the emerging landscape of digital and social media, this course highlights the privacy, commodification, and surveillance implications of participation in the new media political economy. (Cross-listed as CT222 and MX222.)
- R 1-3:50 p.m., Kenneth Werbin
JN223: Understanding Public Policy for Issue Advocacy
Much advocacy, including that concerning human rights and human diversity issues, is ultimately aimed at changing government policy. Thus, whether one hopes to advance change from within or from outside of government, it is important for social leaders and issue advocates to understand how policy is made. This course adopts two perspectives to help students understand this process. From a structuralist perspective, students will learn how public policy makers are constrained by the demands of economic and institutional structures in contemporary Canadian society. From a dynamic perspective, students will explore the fluid ways in which relevant actors like interest groups, citizens, and decision-makers can and do interact to produce public policy. Discussion will be illustrated by examples of public policy and policy innovation in Canada in such fields as international policy and human rights, telecommunications, media and cultural policy, health care, environmental policy, and crime and justice. (Cross-listed as HR223.)
- MW 4-5:20 p.m., George Wootten
JN226: The Media in a Global World
An introduction to the social, philosophical and historical contexts in which we can understand the role that the contemporary media play in our lives. Specific topics may include the nature of writing for the media; media bias; the history and structure of mass media; changes in media technology; the media's coverage of scientific, cultural and economic issues; and issues of communication and cultural policy in Canada and a global world. (Cross-listed as CT226 and MX226.)
Fall 2016; Winter 2017
- BR1: TR 10-11:20 a.m., Rick Gamble
- BR2: WF 10-11:20 a.m., Rick Gamble
JN 240: Feature Writing
This course is a practical exploration of the reporting and writing techniques involved in crafting narrative long-form stories for magazines, newspapers and online media.
- F 11:30 a.m. - 2:20 p.m., Susan Ferguson
JN/HR 252: Designing Digital and Social Media
- W 4-4:50 p.m. (lecture); 5-6:50 p.m. (lab), Sandra Muir
JN 253: Introduction to Public and Media Relations
This course is an introductory survey of the public relations field with an emphasis on the practice of media relations. Students learn the ethics and mechanics of persuasive advocacy through an interdisciplinary set of course readings. They will produce writing samples that are integral to contemporary public relations including: a stakeholder analysis, press release, op-ed and a speech.
- F 8:30-11:20 a.m., George Wootten
JN/UX 270: User Experience Design: An Introduction
- W 4-6:50 p.m., Abby Goodrum
JN/UX 271: Research in User Experience Design
The focus of this class is to familiarize students with methods used by User Experience (UX) designers to understand user needs and behaviours, and to evaluate the usability of systems, products and services. Students are introduced to key issues and practices in UX research, including procedures, resources needed, appropriate uses, benefits and costs. They explore UX research designs including experimental and non-experimental as well as quantitative and qualitative research methods.
- WF 2:30-3:50 p.m., Abby Goodrum
JN 307: Media, Culture and Democracy
This course probes the historical, social and political relationship between media and democracy. Students will read key texts in political theory, political economy and communications studies, debate what "democracy" means, and deliberate what constitutes a free and democratic media environment.
- W 11:30 a.m. - 2:20 p.m., Simon Kiss
JN 308: Advanced Issue-Based Research
- M 8:30-11:20 a.m., Ellen Russell
JN/HR 312: Advocacy Journalism: Principles and Practice
- M 11:30 a.m. – 1:20 p.m. (lecture); 1:30-2:20 p.m. (lab), Patti-Ann Finlay
JN/OL 313: Public Speaking
Fall 2016; Winter 2017
- BR1 (fall): M 11:30 a.m. - 2:20 p.m., David Haskell
- BR2 (winter): F 11:30 a.m. - 2:20 p.m., David Haskell
JN314: Listening and Nonverbal Communication
- TR 2:30-3:50 p.m., Kris Gerhardt
JN 317: Editing and Verification
- M/W 5:30-6:50 p.m., Richard Beales
JN 319: Integrated Newsroom
- TR 5:30-6:50 p.m., Kelly Pedro
JN 334: Public Opinion Research: Surveys and Focus Groups
- T 11:30 a.m. – 2:20 p.m., Abby Goodrum
JN 420: Advanced Digital and Social Media Research and Theory
- F 11:30 a.m. – 2:20 p.m., Kenneth Werbin
JN 423:* Journalism Capstone
- R 7-9:50 p.m., Rick Gamble, Greg Sadler
Conestoga College Courses
The following courses are offered by Conestoga College as part of the post-graduate certificate in Contemporary Media Arts (delivered concurrently on Laurier’s Brantford campus). On the basis of articulation agreements with Conestoga College, students can combine their study at Laurier Brantford with diploma and certificate programs available at Conestoga College. The Conestoga College components of these programs are the responsibility of the college and are governed by their rules and regulations. For more information on these programs, consult Conestoga College's calendar.
ART 8000: Creativity
- M 8:30-11:20 a.m.
DME 8080: Digital Imaging I
- T 8:30-11:20 a.m.
DME 8090: Videography I
Students will learn the fundamentals of single camera production and editing, including technical setup, shot composition and basic editing techniques. The course is a combination of lecture, demonstration and practical assignments that will integrate the skills obtained from previous and concurrent courses.
- W 8:30 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.
DME 8100: Intro to Audio
- T 11:30 a.m. – 3:20 p.m.
DME 8110: Digital Imaging II
- W 1-3:50 p.m.
DME 8120: Presentation and Portfolio
- R 11:30 a.m. – 2:20 p.m.
DME 8130: Videography II
- R 11:30 a.m. – 2:20 p.m.
DME 8140: Motion Graphics
- F 11:30 a.m. – 2:20 p.m.
SOC 7150: Group Dynamics
- R 8:30-11:20 a.m.