The M.A. program in Communication and Social Justice offers students a unique opportunity to pursue their scholarly interests in an environment conducive to addressing issues of social justice. The University of Windsor, as a whole, adopted social justice as a major focus for teaching and research and the graduate faculty in the Department of Communication, Media and Film is committed to facilitating and nurturing that focus. Communication and Social Justice entails historical, institutional, political-economic and socio-cultural analyses as to how rights and communicative practices have been defined and transformed, how they have evolved, and how they have been contested and reapportioned, whether through policy/law or culture and custom, in conjunction with patterns of control over evolving technologies and media systems.
In particular, the M.A. in Communication and Social Justice bridges two main approaches to the study of communications, media and culture—namely, Political Economy and Critical Cultural Studies. The political economy of communication, as it has developed within the broader field of Communication Studies, has typically concerned itself with how policies, regulations, technologies, media institutions, laws, and concentrations of wealth and power affect communicatory activities, and conversely the ways in which communicatory practices affect political and economic power and the structuring of society. Critical Cultural Studies has emerged as an area that focuses on cultural practices, media texts/ narratives and issues of representation, and cultural production/consumption. Taken together, these two approaches complement and inform one another since both impact the ways in which people interpret their everyday communicative and symbolic environments.
Topic areas pertaining to Communication and Social Justice include:
Through advanced course work and research, the M.A. program will: