Diploma in Communications, Culture, and Journalism Studies

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Diploma in Communications, Culture, and Journalism Studies

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    Key Information

    • Study Level:

      PgCert

    • Duration:

      2 Years

    • Study Mode:

      Full Time

    • Tuition Fees EU/EEA:

      C$ 4,255 Per Year

      These fees apply to students from the EU/EEA

    • Tuition Fees International :

      C$ 24,000

      These fees apply to students from outside the EU/EEA

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    Course Summary

    Okanagan College’s Diploma in Communications, Culture, and Journalism Studies is delivered primarily by its Department of Communications, though it is actually a highly interdisciplinary program. Individual modules will be delivered by the faculty of many departments – such as Women’s Studies, Sociology, Political Science, Geography, Philosophy, History and Anthropology. This program is designed to prepare students for higher level studies in the realms of communications and the social sciences, though many graduates go directly into work.

    In this program, you’ll gain the tools you need to make a comprehensive critical analysis of mass media, in the context of culture, politics and activism. You’ll look at communications media and especially the news affect economic, political and social movements. You’ll see how it propagates and alters social constructs like nationality, sexuality, class, race and gender, and addresses social justice concerns. 

    You’ll also study the public policies which guide and regulate journalism, both in the modern context and historically. 

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    Course Outline

    This program is typically delivered over 2 years of full time study. 

    Year 1 Core Modules Include:

    • Critical Writing and Reading: Narrative
    • Introduction to Communications
    • Introduction to Digital Media
    • Introduction to Mass Communication
    • Journalism Fundamentals
    • University Writing

    Year 1 Elective Modules Include:

    • Canada Since 1867
    • Contemporary World from World War II to the Present
    • Human Geography: Resources, Development and Society
    • Human Geography: Space, Place and Community
    • Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
    • Introduction to Film Studies
    • Introduction to Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies
    • Introduction to Indigenous Studies
    • Introduction to Logic and Critical Thinking I
    • Introduction to Politics
    • Introduction to Sociology I
    • The Government of Canada

    Year 2 Core Modules Include:

    • Applied Communication
    • Communication and Culture
    • Communications in the Everyday
    • Cultural Industries in Canada
    • Introduction to Video Game Studies
    • New Media
    • Professional Writing and Communications (via English or Communucations)
    • The Culture of Television
    • Topics in Communications

    Year 2 Elective Core Modules Include:

    • Consumer Society
    • Contemporary Political Ideologies
    • Food and Society
    • Gender and Popular Culture
    • Global Political Economy
    • Intermediate Workshop in Creative Writing – Creative Non-Fiction
    • Introduction to Environmental Issues
    • Introduction to Social Problems
    • Media and Society
    • Studies in International Literature in English
    • Studies in Popular Narrative
    • Studies in Reading Film
    • Women and Politics

    Learning And Teaching

    Okanagan College’s academic programs are delivered primarily through lectures, skills workshops, seminar classes and distance or blended learning. In addition to learning in the classroom and the field, though, you’ll have access to the Learning Centres at Kelowna, Salmon Arm and Revelstoke. The Learning Centres offer many different kinds of academic support to students at all levels, including study support, writing workshops, computer and printer access and referral to other student services.

    Career Possibilities

    Many of the students who graduate from Okanagan College’s Diploma programs transfer into baccalaureate level degree programs, either at Okanagan or many other fine universities. In this case, you would gain the liberal arts background you would need to move on to a degree in English, Communications or Journalism. Other students go directly into the job market, taking exciting roles in new media, publishing, writing, advertising, journalism, communications, public relations or marketing.

    Entry & Credit

    Successful completion will result in a Diploma in Communications, Culture, and Journalism Studies. 

    You should already have good written and verbal communication skills, as well as a secondary level education behind you to prepare you for this program academically.  

    All classes are taught in English unless otherwise noted. A BC secondary education including an English grade of 60% or the international equivalent is required. 

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