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Required courses

PMC 9700: Interdisciplinary Foundations of Media Theory
This seminar approaches theory as an act; part agency, part structure. It prepares participants to theoretically inform and ground research into media industries, cultures and technologies. Seminar participants are introduced to different approaches to and critiques of theorizing along with the media and cultural theories that offer ways of understanding the hows and whys of media as a system of mediations, meanings, practices, and political economies. The works to be studied come from critical theory, new media theories, various traditions of cultural studies, feminist studies, semiotics and post-colonial, structural and modern studies. (Cross-listed with MS 9100)

PMC 9701: Introduction to Popular Music Studies
Provides an overview and history of the field, key texts, issues, debates, and methodologies. (Cross-listed with Music 9554)

PMC 9702: Listening to Popular Music
Explores various modes of textual description and analysis.  Particular attention is paid to the specificities of sound recording. (Cross-listed with Music 9543)

Elective courses

Students in the MA in Popular Music and Culture program select electives from a wide range of options in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies, the Don Wright Faculty of Music, or in other subjects such as women's studies, philosophy, American studies, sociology, theory and criticism, philosophy, history, or English. Please contact the Program Advisor for more information.