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Media Studies

Faculty List

  • R. Bai, B.A., M.A. (Beijing Foreign Studies), Ph.D. (Illinois), Associate Professor
  • T.L. Cowan, B.A. (Simon Fraser), M.A., Ph.D. (Alberta), Assistant Professor
  • D. Nieborg, B.A. (Utrecht), M.A. (Utrecht) Ph.D. (Amsterdam), Assistant Professor
  • M. Petit, M.A., Ph.D. (Colorado), Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream
  • S. Yu, B.A. (Simon Fraser), M.I.S. (Yonsei), Ph.D. (Simon Fraser), Assistant Professor

ACM Program Advisor: M. Hussain, Email: acm-pa@utsc.utoronto.ca

Media are ubiquitous in contemporary society. Every aspect of human experience – the personal, social, economic, political, cultural, moral, and aesthetic – is mediated. We live in a world that is increasingly fragmented yet globally connected; a world saturated with fast-paced intensive online and mobile communication and the accompanying ads that pay for it; a world in which new documentary formats and interactive ways of knowing about the world such as virtual reality (VR) are appearing; a world in which YouTube, Snapchat and social media have replaced traditional network television for many as sources of news about current events and issues. We live in a world in which individuals and the cultural industries and institutions that produce, control, and disseminate media texts and images operate as consciousness industries that influence how we understand ourselves and the world around us. They compete for our attention 24/7, and the distinction between "everyday reality" and "media reality" is becoming increasingly blurred for many. At the same time, the development of digital technologies and the forms of new media they make possible, are in the process of destabilizing these very same cultural industries and institutions, including traditional understandings of the role of media and journalism in a democratic capitalist society.

Related Programs
Major (Joint) Program in New Media Studies
Students interested in systematic practice-based and industry-specific training in digital media design and communication should consider applying to the Major (Joint) Program in New Media Studies offered in partnership with Centennial College, and listed in the New Media Studies section of the Calendar. Interested students should complete the core first-year courses and submit a Supplementary Application form by the end of the Winter session, please refer to the New Media Studies website for details.

Specialist (Joint) Program in Journalism
Students interested in systematic practice-based and industry-specific training as a journalist should consider applying to the Specialist (Joint) Program in Journalism, offered in partnership with Centennial College, and listed in the Journalism section of the Calendar. Interested students should contact the ACM Program Advisor.

Please note that students cannot combine Minor program in Media Studies with Major program in Media, Journalism and Digital Cultures – Media Studies Stream.

Service Learning and Outreach
For an experiential learning opportunity that also serves others, consider the course CTLB03H3 (Introduction to Service Learning), which can be found in the "Teaching and Learning” section of the Calendar.