NM5201 State and Civil Society in the Information Age

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 0-3-0-2-5
Prerequisites: Nil
Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil


This module will expose students to advanced topics in state-society relationship and governance within the context of rapid changes in information and communication technologies (ICTs). It addresses how the notions of 'community', 'citizenship', and 'democracy' have been changed by the creation of a transnational public sphere due to ICTs. The module will also address how the emergence of an informational economy changes the role of the state, especially in terms of preparing society for the challenges ahead. Works of John Urry, Manuel Castells, Bob Jessop, Frank Webster and David Lyon, among others, will be discussed and critiqued.


NM5204 Computer-Mediated Environments

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 0-3-0-2-5
Prerequisites: Nil
Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil


This course is designed to help students explore current issues related to Computer-Mediated Environments (CMEs) such as online communities, virtual organizations, e-learning communities, virtual reality, etc. Students will critically analyze theories and conceptualize the impacts of ICTs on the way people communicate, work, socialize, play, and learn in CMEs. Students will review theories, models, and empirical studies on various topics such as social identity, Computer-Mediated Communication (CMC), online community, Computer-Mediated social networks and social capital, human computer interactions, and online collaboration in business and education.


NM5205 Cognition and Media

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 3-0-0-3-4
Prerequisites: Nil
Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil


This course will introduce important theories on how people process information from the media and how media affects individuals. Based on empirical social science research, this course will examine the effects of mass media on user's cognition, attitude, and behaviour. While the focus of the course will be on how media, both traditional and new media, affects individual users, the effects of mass media on groups and society will also be discussed.


NM5209 Interactive Media Arts

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 3-0-0-3-4
Prerequisites: Nil
Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil


This course will cover major artistic threads, such as networked art, that involve large numbers of geographically distributed participants, large-scale public works as well as virtual and augmented reality works that blur the distinction between real-world and synthetic information. The course will focus on interactive works where media consumers participate in creating their own artistic experience. It will also cover the historical development of ideas, put them into a social context and examine contemporary critical reflections about art. The course will culminate in the study of several works by some of the most important emerging new media artists.


NM5212 Theories Of Public Relations

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 3-0-0-2-5
Prerequisites: Nil
Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil


This module provides a survey of public affairs/issues management and communication management theories with an emphasis on strategic issues, cross-cultural perspectives, and critical analyses. The course examines how communication management theories are related to other areas of the communication discipline with emphasis on organizational, mass, and international communication as well as rhetoric, persuasion and social movements.

 

NM5216 Culture, Communication & Health

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 0-3-0-3-4
Prerequisites: Nil
Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil


Culture, Communication & Health explores the intersection of culture, communication and health, and seeks to understand health communication from cross cultural perspectives. It is organized around answering the fundamental questions: “How does culture impact communication about health and illness? How do communicative practices vary across cultures?”

 

NM5660 Independent Study

Modular credits: 4
Workload: Minimum 10 hours per week. The precise breakdown of contact hours, assignment and preparation is to be worked out between the lecture and the student, subject to Department approval.
Prerequisites: Nil
Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil


Independent research plays an important role in graduate education. The Independent Study Module is designed to enable the student to explore an approved topic in Communications and New Media in depth. The student should approach a lecturer to work out an agreed topic, readings, and assignments for the module. A formal, written agreement is to be drawn up, giving a clear account of the topic, programme of study, assignments, evaluation, and other pertinent details. Head's and/or Graduate Coordinator's approval of the written agreement is required. Regular meetings and reports are expected. Evaluation is based on 100% Continuous Assessment and must be worked out between the student and the lecturer prior to seeking departmental approval.

 

NM5881 Topics in Media Studies

 

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 0-3-0-4-3
Prerequisites: Nil
Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil


Topics in Media Studies introduce special, advanced or rotating topics currently not included in the graduate-level Communications and New Media curriculum. Topics in this module offer instruction in the various specializations  of the media studies field, more advanced instruction on the basic theories and knowledge covered in the current modules, and/or research, discussion and analysis of issues of current interest in the field of media studies.


NM5882 Topics in Media Design

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 0-3-0-4-3
Prerequisites: Nil
Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil


Topics in Media Design introduces special, advanced or rotating topics currently not included in the graduate-level Communications and New Media curriculum. Topics in this module offer instruction in the various specializations of the interactive media design field, more advanced instruction on the basic skills and knowledge covered in the current modules, and/or research, discussion and analysis of issues of current interest in the field of interactive media design.


NM5883 Topics in Communication Management

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 0-3-0-4-3
Prerequisites: Nil
Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil


Topics in Communication Management introduces special, advanced or rotating topics currently not included in the graduate-level Communications and New Media curriculum, or builds on the basic modules in the communication management sequence. Topics in this module offer instruction in the various specializations of the communication management field, more advanced instruction on the skills and knowledge covered in the current modules, and/or research, discussion and analysis of issues of current interest in the field of communication management.

 

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