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Thompson Rivers University

CMNS 3161: Media, Entertainment & Popular Culture

Students examine an array of trending concerns in media, entertainment and popular culture. Students will consider competing perspectives on a variety of media and social issues, in particular, the tension between media content, regulation and commerce. Students engage with classic and contemporary debates within the field of communication and media studies.

Learning outcomes

  • Explain intermediate and advanced concepts regarding media regulation and commercial practices.
  • Analyze competing perspectives on contemporary media and social issues.
  • Create interpretive and analytical analysis of media texts.
  • Examine the historical and current academic scholarship about media, entertainment and popular culture.

Course topics

  • Module 1: No Borders—The Changing Model of Media Consumption
  • Module 2: Intellectual Property and the Internet
  • Module 3: CanCon and the Debate over Public Broadcasting
  • Module 4: Constructing Identity—Representation and Diversity in Popular Culture
  • Module 5: The Realities of 21st Century Pop Culture

Required text and materials

The following material is required for this course:

  1. Media, Entertainment and Popular Culture, Thompson Rivers University Custom Edition: CMNS 3161. (2020). North York, ON: Oxford University Press
    Type: Textbook. ISBN: 9780199016280


To successfully complete this course, students must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher on the overall course, and 50% or higher on the final mandatory project.

Module 1 Reflection Journal 5%
Assignment 1: Presenting for Free 10%
Assignment 2: Have Your Say Letter 10%
Module 2 Reflection Journal 5%
Assignment 3: Does Canada Need the CBC? 10%
Module 3 Reflection Journal 5%
Assignment 4: Audiences of the Future 10%
Module 4 Reflection Journal 5%
Module 5 Reflection Journal 5%
Final Project: Forward Thinking 35%
Total 100%

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.

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