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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
September 1, 2014
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Program Changes

Proposals to revamp the Contemporary Studies and Journalism have very recently been passed by the university. Details on the changes are noted below, and please revisit our website in the coming weeks as these changes will be fully reflected in program pages shortly. 

Program change approval timeline: 

 Approval Stage
 Contemporary Studies
 Program Coordinating Council
 PASSED - Sept. 5, 2013
PASSED - Sept. 4, 2013
 Faculty Curriculum Committee
 PASSED - Oct. 7, 2013
PASSED - Oct. 7, 2013
 Faculty Divisional Council
 PASSED - Oct. 21, 2013
PASSED - Oct. 21, 2013
 Senate Academic Planning Committee
 PASSED - Nov. 11 2013
PASSED - Nov. 11 2013
 Wilfrid Laurier University Senate
PASSED - Nov. 26, 2013
PASSED - Nov. 26, 2013

Contemporary Studies - proposed changes

  • Three inter-related areas of focus will be introduced within the degree : Social Structures, Culture and Representation, and Environment and Sustainability.
  • To align with these new areas of focus, the program will be renamed as Society, Culture, & Environment.
  • Students will take courses in all three areas so they can explore complex problems in innovative ways and develop their creative problem solving skills.
  • A new course titled Current Issues in Global Context (CT100) will provide students with an introduction to emerging global issues such as the global financial crisis and climate change from a variety of perspectives.
  • Other key courses include: The Democratic Imagination (Social Structures), Representing Canadian Identities (Culture and Representation), and Environmental Concerns (Environment and Sustainability).
  • In their final year, students will take a 'capstone' course in the area of focus that appeals to them most.

 Journalism - proposed changes

  • Students will be instructed in a converged media environment (and will no longer be asked to choose to specialize in Print, Broadcast or New Media).
  • Students will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Digital Media & Journalism, and can choose to specialize in Journalism, Digital and Social Media Studies, or Public Relations (or take some combination of the three concentrations).
  • All three of the above concentrations will integrate instruction in digital media production and the fundamentals of compelling storytelling across media platforms.
  • All three concentrations will emphasize in-depth reporting and researching of contemporary issues, and the critical evaluation of information. 
  • Students will develop technical media production skills in courses delivered by Conestoga College on the Brantford campus, and graduate (after only four years) with a one-year post-graduate Digital Media Artist certificate from Conestoga as well as a Laurier honours Bachelor of Arts in Digital Media and Journalism.
  • In their final year, students will take a “capstone” course in which they will produce and critically reflect upon a major journalism, media, or public relations project.