AP/COMN1000 6.0 A: Introduction to Communications

Offered by: COMN


Summer 2019




BLEN (Blended online and classroom)


Calendar Description / Prerequisite / Co-Requisite

Provides a critical overview of the main issues in the field of communication and media. It examines how forms and processes of communication are implicated in our understanding of the world at both the personal and social levels. Course credit exclusions: AP/COMN 1310 9.00 (prior to Fall 2012), AP/SOSC 2410 6.00, AP/SOSC 2410 9.00 (prior to Fall 2014).

Course Website

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    Getting Started with your Blended online and classroom Course

Students enrolled in this course are required to review the Next Steps website.

The Next Steps website explains how to start your fully online (ONLN) & blended (BLEN) course(s) with start up information including computing requirements, course website access instructions and links to course outlines & course websites. Students are also encouraged to review the Student Guide to eLearning at York University.

Moodle course website access starts within the first week of the term. For late enrollees it takes two business days from the time of your enrolment to access the Moodle websites once the semester has started. Course materials begin to be released on the course website during the first week of the semester. Get familiar with Moodle by reviewing the Moodle Student Resources Page.

For enrolment matters and academic related questions, please contact the affiliated LA&PS School/Department. For eLearning support please contact eLearning Services, LA&PS.

Moodle and computing support can be directed to ithelp@yorku.ca or visit the Student Computing website

    Additional Requirements

An important message about the use of personal electronic devices during lectures and seminars:

In recent years the use of new technologies have become pervasive in the classroom. While some of these technologies can facilitate teaching and learning (such as the use of notebook computers for note-taking), these technologies now also present a risk of significant disruption to the classroom environment. As a result, the use of mobile phones (including text messaging) will not be tolerated. Turn your phones off at the beginning of lecture/seminar. You may check your messages during the break period, and at the end of the lecture/seminar. Laptop computers, ipads, and other personal electronic devices are for the use of note-taking only, unless requested otherwise by the Course Director or TA. Surfing the net, checking your email, looking at photos, etc., are distracting to students around you, as well as to the Course Director or TA. If you find these uses of technology more compelling than the lecture or seminar discussion, you are requested to immediately leave the classroom environment.

Should you find this policy unacceptable, you should immediately drop this course. Your continued enrollment in this course indicates your willingness to comply with this policy.

    Required Course Text / Readings

Deborah Brock, Rebecca Raby and Mark Thomas (eds.) Power and Everyday Practices Toronto: Nelson, 2011.

Deborah Brock, ed. SOCI 2070 B: Social Order and Social Organization Reading Kit

Toronto: York University Bookstore, 2011. Please cite articles using original publication information. Supplementary readings are not required readings. They are suggestions for further research. Note that this reading kit has changed substantially from previous years.

Linda Elder and Richard Paul, The Art of Asking Essential Questions (First Edition) The Foundation for Critical Thinking, 2009.

    Weighting of Course
20% Mid-Term Test
20% Final Test
40% Four Quiz @ 10% each
20% Seminar Attendance and Participation (10% will be provided with your mid-term results)

20% Mid-Term Test

20% Final Test

40% Four Quiz @ 10% each

20% Seminar Attendance and Participation (10% will be provided with your mid-term results)

    Organization of the Course

Lecture Schedule:

Date Topic  Reading
Sept. 8 Introduction to Course Ch 1
Sept. 13 Power Ch 2
Sept. 15 Power Ch 2
Sept. 20 Method Ch 3
Sept. 22 Representation     Quiz 1 (2:00/14:00) KIT: Hall, 1997
Sept. 27 Counting Past Two Part 2 Intro & Ch 4
Sept. 29 Heterosexuality Adams, 1997, 2002; Rochon, 1995
Oct. 4 Whiteness Ch 5
Oct. 6 Beauty KIT: Dyer, 1997;

Chapkis, 1986; TBA

Oct. 10/12 Reading Week  
Oct. 18 Class, State, Power Ch 6
Oct. 20 Age         Quiz 2 (2:00/14:00) Ch 7
Oct. 25 Mid-Term Test  
Oct. 27 Science Part 3 Intro & Ch 8
Nov. 1 Therapy Ch 9
Nov. 3 Shopping Ch 10
Nov. 8 Finance       Quiz 3 (2:00/14:00) Ch 11
Nov. 10 The West and the Rest Part 4 Intro;     Marx 1998; Hall, 1995
Nov. 15 The Imaginary Indian Ch 12
Nov. 17 Coffee Ch 13
Nov. 22 Tourism

Quiz 4 (2:00/14:00)

Ch 14
Nov. 24 Nation States, Borders, Citizens Ch 15
Nov. 29 Course summary and test prep Review
Dec. 1 Test & final class  
Dec. 5 No class scheduled  
    Additional Information / Notes

Course Director: Professor Deborah Brock

Office: 2108 Vari Hall x60302

Web Site: www.yorku.ca/dbrock

Office Hours: Following lectures, or by appointment. Please speak to me during lecture period to arrange a discussion. I can also be reached by email at: dbrock@yorku.ca.


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