The interests of the Department range very broadly but are largely concerned with journalism's role and function in a democratic society.
Our research draws upon the concepts, knowledge and methods of a number of disciplines, including communication studies, media studies, cultural studies, sociology, political economy, history, political science, philosophy and linguistics, profiting from both multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary approaches.
The Department includes faculty members with expertise in English literature, communication studies, media studies and science.
Our research program seeks to:
- Support the need for scholarly understanding of journalism's role and function in a democratic society;
- Support the need for scholarly understanding of the implications of the continuing transformation of journalism (e.g., on-line news, web logs, alternative media) on journalism and for society;
- Provide students with the opportunity to study journalism from a theoretical perspective;
- Train scholars to conduct journalism-specific research and produce contemporary Canadian research;
- Complement the Department of Journalism’s highly successful vocational programs at the undergraduate and diploma levels.