Department of Communication Studies Statement Regarding the CUPE 3903 Strike
March 6, 2018
The Department of Communication Studies has voted unanimously to suspend all classroom activities during the CUPE 3903 strike. We have taken this action because we believe that under the terms of the Senate Policy on the Academic Implications of Disruptions or Cessations of University Business Due to Labour Disputes or Other Causes the academic integrity of our classes cannot be maintained.
Given that the teaching assistants are an integral part of the teaching team of first and second year lecture courses, and their tutorials a key element in the learning processes of those courses, the academic integrity of those classes cannot be maintained in their absence. Similarly, the academic integrity of third and fourth year seminar courses is based upon collegial discussion with students as well as student presentations, conditions that cannot be maintained during a strike.
We also want to assure students that we are committed to a fair and equitable process of remediation after the strike has ended and believe that this suspension of activities will help ensure the integrity of that process as well.
The Joint Graduate Program in Communication and Culture, while a separate academic unit, has an administrative partnership and close affiliation with the Department of Communication Studies. Thus, it is germane to note that the Program has suspended all York-housed courses for the duration of the CUPE 3903 strike.
Welcome to the Department of Communication Studies at York University. Our program is ranked as one of the top 6 in Canada according to the global standards of the QS World University Ranking system.
In today’s media-centric and technologically saturated environment, knowledge of communication is essential for both professional and everyday life. We teach students to question, analyze and creatively reflect on the wide range of media systems and communication technologies that permeate our lives. This includes:
- How communication processes and information technologies can be used to profoundly shape and transform societies, from strengthening local communities to establishing global networks.
- How culture and media are intrinsically intertwined, from the expression of identities and social relations to the circulation of ideas and the shaping of social and political values.
- How struggles to create, define and regulate public, not-for-profit and for-profit communication systems are implicated in broader issues around citizenship, corporate power, and public accountability.
We offer an interdisciplinary and innovative approach to teaching and learning, and we provide a comprehensive curriculum that encompasses theoretical, applied and experiential learning. Our students become critical, independent, and creative thinkers able to engage with the various dimensions and complexities of communication, whether this involves creating or evaluating media content and information technologies, or addressing significant issues arising out of their production and use. Our graduates work in the communication and cultural industries sector, in the not-for-profit and advocacy sector, and in the public sector.