Media Related Electives

The Faculty of Arts offers many courses across different departments that study media from different perspectives. The list below is updated annually, and includes courses identified by departments as relevant to your Bachelor of Media Studies degree. Not all courses with significant media content appear on this list. In some cases, the relationship to media is overt, and in others, the courses support knowledge that you have learned in other areas. Students are encouraged to choose electives that align with their interests and future goals in media studies.

Please note that offerings, pre-requisites, and instructors may change without notice. To confirm the information below, please check department listings on UBC’s official online course schedule. If you have questions about a specific elective course, please contact the department offering the course or instructor directly. If you have any questions about course planning, current course offerings or degree navigator, please contact the Bachelor of Media Studies program at arts.mediastudies@ubc.ca.

Important things to note:

  • Not all courses are offered every year.
  • Some courses have pre-requisites; click the course code link to see these pre-requisites. You must meet pre-requisites as specified.
  • All courses are worth 3 credits unless otherwise noted.
  • An asterisk (*) indicates that the course counts towards your Core Plus credits.

 

  • AFST 250: Introduction to African Studies
  • AFST 352A: Perspectives in African Studies: A Social Science Approach
  • ARTH 101: Ways of Seeing: Introduction to Visual Studies*
  • ARTH 102: Crisis and Contradiction in Art and the Built Environment*
  • ARTH 226: Art in Europe and North America 1500-1900*
  • ARTH 227: Art and the Visual Environment in the Modern and Post-Modern Periods*
  • ARTH 340: 20th Century Art and Culture: The Triumph and Demise of Modernism
  • ARTH 341: 20th Century Art and Culture: The Postmodern
  • ARTH 345: History of Photography: Archive, Spectacle, Reality*
  • ARTH 440A: Seminar in Modern and Contemporary Art
  • ARTH 445: Film and the City* (Cross-listed as GEOG 456. Students will only receive credit for one course.)
  • COGS 300: Understanding and Designing Cognitive Systems
  • CHIN 451: Introductory Modern Chinese Literature I (Non-Heritage)
  • CHIN 453: Introductory Modern Chinese Literature II (Non-Heritage)
  • CHIN 461: Early Classical Chinese Poetry (to Han)
  • CHIN 463: Early Classical Chinese Poetry (Han to Tang)
  • CHIN 471: Later Classical Chinese Poetry (Tang)
  • CHIN 473: Later Classical Chinese Poetry (after Tang)
  • CHIN 481: Modern Chinese Literature I (Heritage)
  • CHIN 483: Modern Chinese Literature II (Heritage)
  • CHIN 484: Intensive Modern Chinese Literature (Heritage)
  • CHIN 491: Classical Chinese I (Heritage)
  • CHIN 493: Classical Chinese II (Heritage)
  • CRWR 206: Introduction to Writing for the Screen*
  • CRWR 208: Introduction to Writing for Graphic Forms
  • CRWR 306A: Intermediate Writing for the Screen*
  • CRWR 307: Intermediate Writing for the Stage and Radio
  • CRWR 310: Video Game Writing and Narrative

    • ENGL 224: World Literature in English: World-Breaking Literature

  • ENGL 328: Metaphor, Language, and Thought
  • ENGL 357: Restoration and 18th-Century Studies: Enlightenment Technologies and the Distribution of Knowledge
  • ENGL 358: Popular Culture, Women, and the 18th Century
  • ENGL 419: History of the Book*
  • ENGL 474D: Studies in Contemporary Literature: @Snapchatobsessed in Contemporary Literature
  • GRSJ 101: Gender, Race, Sex and Power (particularly section 001-focused on social media)
  • GRSJ 102: Decolonizing and Feminist Perspectives from Local to Global
  • GRSJ 224A: Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice in Literature:
    Feminist Futures: Sci Fi, Fantasy, & YA
  • GRSJ 224C: Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice in Literature -
    Feminist Re/Visions: Folk & Fairy Tales
  • GRSJ 306: Globalization and Social Justice: Gender, Race, and Sexuality in International Politics
  • GRSJ 307: Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Popular Culture
  • GRSJ 310: Issues in Gender and Health
  • GRSJ 327: Feminist Theories of Representation and Difference
  • GRSJ 328: Feminist Theories of Subjectivity
  • GRSJ 401: Body, Gender and Society: Monstrous Bodies/Monstrous Texts
  • GEOG 121: Geography, Environment and Globalization
  • GEOG 122: Geography, Modernity, and Globalization
  • GEOG 374: Statistics in Geography
  • GEOG 456:Film and the City (cross listed as ARTH 445)

  • HIST 106: Global Environmental History
  • HIST 109: Cultural Histories of Media: From Writing to Tweeting
  • HIST 236: Public History in Canada: Memory, Representation, and Interpretation
  • HIST 260: Science and Society in the Contemporary World
  • HIST 494: Machines, Media, and Modernity: Frankenstein to Cinema

    • JRNL 400: Feminist in Postcolonial Critique and Journalism in a Digital Age*
    • JRNL 520A: Special Topics in Contemporary Journalism: "Decoding Social Media*

  • PHIL 150: Minds and Machines
  • PHIL 230A: Introduction to Moral Theory
  • PHIL 260A: Science and Society in the Contemporary World
  • PHIL 330: Social and Political Philosophy
  • PHIL 331: Business and Professional Ethics: Computer Ethics
  • PHIL 335: Power and Oppression
  • PHIL 339A: Philosophy of Art
  • POLI 100: Introduction to Politics
  • POLI 101: The Government of Canada
  • POLI 110: Investigating Politics: An Introduction to Scientific Political Analysis
  • POLI 220: Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • POLI 260: Intro to Global Politics
  • POLI 380: Quantitative Methods in Political Science*
  • POLI 385: Public Opinion and Elections*
  • PSYC 101: Introduction to Biological and Cognitive Psychology
  • PSYC 102: Introduction to Developmental, Social, Personality, and Clinical Psychology
  • PSYC 216: Questioning Psychological Science in the Media (Previously PSYC 205)
  • PSYC 325: Socialization: Media Content and Effects*
  • URST 400: Cities and the New Social Physics