Media, Journalism and Digital Cultures

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Why study media, journalism, and digital cultures?

“We live invested in an electric information environment that is quite as imperceptible to us as water is to fish.”

— Marshal McLuhan, Counterblast (1969)

Know Your World

• Media and Journalism present to us much of what we know about the world. Some argue that we live as much through media as we live in media. Learn how they work from multiple perspectives, from the public to the private, on both local and global scales, and from the Stone Age to the Digital Age.

• Media and Journalism produce and reproduce contemporary cultures. Learn the connections and the dynamics in the context of today’s rapidly changing media landscape.

• Media and Journalism stifle and nourish humanistic and democratic values. Learn to critically evaluate the constraints and opportunities offered by modern media institutions and information technologies.

• Media and Journalism inform and entertain, persuade with lies, or present a reasonable facsimile of the truth. Learn how to tell the differences by critically evaluating media—including the textual, playful, visual, and aural—and their underlying ideologies and implications.

Live Your World

• Information and Communication Technologies drive our world politically and economically. Learn media literacy skills and the rhetoric and logic of digital media platforms so you can use them to accomplish personal and professional goals more effectively.

• Information and Communication Technologies enable the rise of digital cultures across the global media landscape. Learn how digital cultures work by gaining conceptual understandings and how to apply them in online settings, from Facebook to Snapchat and beyond.

• Information and Communication Technologies make new demands on media, news organizations, and all of us as citizens and consumers. Learn what it means to live in a digital world, for ourselves as individuals, for groups both niche and mainstream, and for society at large.

• Developing a deeper understanding of media, journalism, and digital cultures is fun, interesting, challenging, mind blowing, and important. And sometimes you get to watch YouTube videos in class!


Program of Study

For more information on the program of study, including program requirements and course descriptions, please see the Registrar’s Calendar.

To apply

To find this program on the OUAC website, search under University of Toronto Scarborough (found under the University of Toronto entry) under the category "Visual and Performing Arts, Arts Management & Media" (program code TUC); you will then choose 'Media' under the 'Subject of Major Interest' drop-down menu. When you are studying at UTSC, you will be able to choose the stream within the program that is your area of interest.


Should you have any questions regarding the Media Studies program at the University of Toronto Scarborough, please send us an email.


Ruoyun Bai | Associate Professor and Program Director, Media Studies | 416 287 7134 | HW 415

Kenzie Burchell | Assistant Professor and Program Director, Journalism | HW 416

T.L. Cowan | Assistant Professor | 416 208 5061 | HW 411A

Leslie Chan | Associate Professor, Teaching Stream | 416 287 7511 | MW 304

Jeffrey Dvorkin | Lecturer (on leave until June 30, 2018) | 416 287 7163 | HW 417

Minelle Mahtani | Associate Professor | 416 287 7302 | MW 370

David Nieborg | Assistant Professor | 416 287 7171 | HW 412

Alejandro Paz | Assistant Professor | 416 208 2

Michael Petit | Associate Professor, Teaching Stream | 416 287 7164 | HW 414

Sherry Yu | Assistant Professor | HW 411