New Courses Effective Fall Semester 2021 (202130)

New Courses Effective Summer Semester 2021 (202120)

New Courses Effective Spring Semester 2021 (202110)


AHIS 2250, 3 credits

Introduction to Critical and Cultural Theory

New Course as of Fall Semester 2021

Formerly FINA 2250

Contemporary cultural theories have an effect and influence on visual arts and other media. Through lectures, image and video presentations, and seminar discussion of assigned topics, students learn that critical and cultural theory is central to the production and understanding of representation, whether visual or textual. Students engage in critical reading and articulating themselves in both verbal and written arguments.

Students will receive credit for only one of AHIS 2250 or FINA 2250.

Priority registration in this course is offered to students admitted to the Diploma in Art History and Diploma in Fine Arts.

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ANTH 2220, 3 credits

Museum Collections and Heritage

New Course as of Spring Semester 2021

Museums are fascinating places full of objects that people can wonder about and marvel at. They care for material from cultures all over the world and seek to educate visitors about them. Students have the opportunity to travel to local and international museums in this course, both in-person and virtually, and learn about how they collect, organize, and exhibit cultural objects. Hands-on engagement is central to the course and throughout the semester students experience how to handle, catalogue, and store museum collections.Note: Students will be responsible for any applicable entry fees to museums visited within the scope of this course.

Students will receive credit for only one of the Spring Semester 2020 or Fall Semester 2020 offering of ANTH 1195; or ANTH 2220.

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CMNS 4800, 3 credits

Communications for Technical Professions

New Course as of Summer Semester 2021

Formerly CMNS 4810 and WMDD 4860

Succeeding in today's industries requires strong professional and interpersonal communication skills. Students are introduced to fundamental principles of communications including audience analysis, purpose identification, and elements of tone and style. Students prepare to be successful professionals by learning how to promote themselves, how to give meaningful feedback on others' work, and how to work effectively on a team. Students practice a variety of strategies for interpersonal, oral, and written communication, including conveying confident body language, demonstrating dynamic presentation skills, and using persuasive writing techniques.

Students will receive credit for only one of CMNS 4800, 4810, or WMDD 4860.

Registration in this course is restricted to students admitted to the Post-Degree Diploma or Certificate in Data Analytics, or Post-Degree Diploma in Web and Mobile App Design and Development.

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FINA 2262, 3 credits

Indigenous Carving 3D

New Course as of Summer Semester 2021

Students further refine effective and safe hand tool use in woodcarving and engage in sculptural approaches common in Northwest Coast Indigenous woodcarving for three-dimensional projects. Diverse students have the rare opportunity to be immersed in the very complex role of carvers in the expression of Northwest Coast personal, community, and cultural storytelling.

Priority registration in this course is offered to students admitted to the Diploma in Fine Arts.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C-" grade in FINA 2162.

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JOUR 1179, 4.5 credits

Multimedia News Reporting

New Course as of Summer Semester 2021

Formerly JOUR 1178

A successful career in media requires the ability to write and share various types of content through multiple platforms on tight deadlines. In this intensive hands-on course, student reporters apply the storytelling skills they have acquired in a simulated newsroom environment to write features, breaking news stories, opinion pieces, and sports and business reports for Langara's student publication, The Voice. They create written, photographic, video, and audio content for the student-run print and digital newspaper.

Students will receive credit for only one of JOUR 1178 or 1179.

Registration in this course is restricted to students admitted to the Diploma or Certificate in Journalism.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C-" grade in all of the following: JOUR 1122, 1128, 1142, and 1168 (all may be taken concurrently).


JOUR 1200, 3 credits

Theories in Communications

New Course as of Summer Semester 2021

Most of us consider communicating an innate and spontaneous activity, but the ways we communicate change over time and can be evaluated, studied, and manipulated. In this course, students examine the changing ideologies behind communication theories, research, and models as they relate to our personal and professional interactions. Students critically evaluate how concepts in communication are informed by the ever-changing marketplace, political system, ethics, social demands, and self-perception.

Prerequisite(s): One of the following: a minimum 70% in English First Peoples 12, English Studies 12, Literary Studies 12, or equivalent; a minimum "C-" grade in a university-level English course for which Langara College awards transfer credit; a minimum "C-" grade in ENGL 1120; an "S" grade in ENGL 1107 or 1110; or permission of the instructor.


JOUR 1220, 3 credits

Communication and the Influence of Mass Media

New Course as of Spring Semester 2021

The interdependent relationship between media technology and communication has evolved over the years to influence the audience's sense of nationalism, culture, and self-awareness. Students examine the effect of the media's historical transformations, from the screen culture surrounding television to the interactive modalities of online. They critically analyze how forms of communication media impact audience persuasion, financial incentive, collaborative connections, and diversity.

Prerequisite(s): One of the following: a minimum 70% in English First Peoples 12, English Studies 12, Literary Studies 12, or equivalent; a minimum "C-" grade in a university-level English course for which Langara College awards transfer credit; a minimum "C-" grade in ENGL 1120; an "S" grade in ENGL 1107 or 1110; or permission of the instructor.


JOUR 1225, 3 credits

Media Law and Ethics

New Course as of Summer Semester 2021

Formerly JOUR 2228 and 2328

Demystifying the complex justice system and applying professional ethics is essential for journalists and professional writers to cover significant stories of public interest. In this course, students examine the legal system and the role and responsibility of the news media. They will be introduced to covering the courts and the laws that affect working journalists, legal concepts, including libel, contempt of court, freedom of information and privacy, as well as the ethics of credibility, conflict of interest, and accountability. Students will learn how to research court cases and access documents and exhibits through online databases and court registries. They will learn how to make ethical decisions and establish standards of professional conduct in the workplace.

Students will receive credit for only one of JOUR 1225, 2228, or 2328.

Registration in this course is restricted to students admitted to the Diploma or Certificate in Journalism.

Prerequisite(s): One of the following: a minimum 70% in English First Peoples 12, English Studies 12, Literary Studies 12, or equivalent; a minimum "C-" grade in a university-level English course for which Langara College awards transfer credit; a minimum "C-" grade in ENGL 1120; an "S" grade in ENGL 1107 or 1110; or permission of the instructor.


JOUR 1230, 3 credits

Communication Strategies

New Course as of Summer Semester 2021

Communication strategies are used to establish in the public's mind the key values and goals of an individual, corporation, non-profit, social movement, charity, or other entity. Students learn the practical basics of communications, the art and science of managing a system to provide accessible information and effective messages to the public through multiple channels, including mainstream media, social media, and advertising.

Prerequisite(s): One of the following: a minimum 70% in English First Peoples 12, English Studies 12, Literary Studies 12, or equivalent; a minimum "C-" grade in a university-level English course for which Langara College awards transfer credit; a minimum "C-" grade in ENGL 1120; an "S" grade in ENGL 1107 or 1110; or permission of the instructor.


JOUR 1288, 3 credits

Radio Storytelling and Podcasting

New Course as of Summer Semester 2021

Formerly JOUR 1298

Accessibility and versatility are the secret to radio and podcast popularity. Audio waves are a more intimate way to delve into people's stories in greater depth, while allowing for the creative use of sound. Students work with industry-standard technology to produce news stories, podcasts, and feature-length audio productions while learning to write for the spoken word, select interview clips, perform on air, and line up podcasts and newscasts.

Students will receive credit for only one of JOUR 1288 or 1298.

Priority registration in this course is offered to students admitted to the Diploma or Certificate in Journalism.

Prerequisite(s): One of the following: a minimum 70% in English First Peoples 12, English Studies 12, Literary Studies 12, or equivalent; a minimum "C-" grade in a university-level English course for which Langara College awards transfer credit; a minimum "C-" grade in ENGL 1120; an "S" grade in ENGL 1107 or 1110; or permission of the instructor.


JOUR 1290, 3 credits

Introduction to Digital Media Storytelling

New Course as of Summer Semester 2021

Formerly JOUR 1244 and 2410

The future of storytelling is in the digital space. In this course, students examine new trends in online communications and mobile journalism, while becoming fluent in a variety of digital media formats. They explore writing for the web, using social media for journalism and public relations, blogging, and online production techniques. Students learn how to use a mobile device to record video and audio and capture photos in the field, then package and repurpose that content for online use.

Students will receive credit for only one of JOUR 1244, 1290, or 2410.

Prerequisite(s): One of the following: a minimum 70% in English First Peoples 12, English Studies 12, Literary Studies 12, or equivalent; a minimum "C-" grade in a university-level English course for which Langara College awards transfer credit; a minimum "C-" grade in ENGL 1120; an "S" grade in ENGL 1107 or 1110; or permission of the instructor.


JOUR 2178, 1.5 credits

Design for Print and Online Journalism

New Course as of Summer Semester 2021

Formerly JOUR 1177

Design can enhance or impede a person's ability to process information, so understanding design principles is essential for those working in media. Students explore the principles of design for both print and online publications, using current industry-standard software. They learn how to attract the reader's eye through design elements such as photos, headlines, subheads, and graphics, while conveying information quickly and clearly.

Students will receive credit for only one of JOUR 1177 or 2178.

Priority registration in this course is offered to students admitted to the Diploma or Certificate in Journalism.

Corequisite(s): JOUR 2279


JOUR 2279, 4.5 credits

Multimedia News Production

New Course as of Summer Semester 2021

Formerly JOUR 2278

In this intensive, hands-on capstone course, closely simulating an industry newsroom, students apply their skills in the role of editor to produce compelling multimedia content for publication in the student-run print and online newspaper, The Voice. They conceive, assign, and copyedit stories and photographs as well as produce videos, podcasts, and data visualizations. Rounding out their experience, students also explore the perspective of communications professionals while managing news stories. The Journalism program's advanced capstone course builds on skills developed in JOUR 1179, in which students are introduced to the duties of reporters.

Students will receive credit for only one of JOUR 2278 or 2279.

Registration in this course is restricted to students admitted to the Diploma or Certificate in Journalism.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C-" grade in all of the following: JOUR 1179, 1240, 1288, 2178, and 2398 (all may be taken concurrently).


JOUR 2450, 3 credits

Solutions with Data Journalism

New Course as of Summer Semester 2021

Formerly JOUR 2420

In this course, students discover challenging new ways of thinking about storytelling. In solutions journalism, students do not just report on the problem; they provide leadership to their audience by proactively searching for ways to make things better. In data journalism, students do not just take their interview subjects at their word; they analyze patterns in data sources, producing interactive charts and maps to bolster their viewers' understanding of what is really going on. The innovative approaches learned in this course help students uncover the story behind the story – and make sure the journalism they create stands out.

Students will receive credit for only one of JOUR 2420 or 2450.

Prerequisite(s): One of the following: a minimum 70% in English First Peoples 12, English Studies 12, Literary Studies 12, or equivalent; a minimum "C-" grade in a university-level English course for which Langara College awards transfer credit; a minimum "C-" grade in ENGL 1120; an "S" grade in ENGL 1107 or 1110; or permission of the instructor.


JOUR 2475, 1.5 credits

Work Experience for Journalism and Communications

New Course as of Summer Semester 2021

Formerly JOUR 2470

Students take part in a month-long internship in print, online, or broadcast journalism, public relations, communications, or another media-related field. In preparation for their internship, students practice resumé writing, update professional portfolios, polish their job interview skills, learn how to promote and manage a freelance business, and identify likely job opportunities and/or clients.

Students will receive credit for only one of JOUR 2470 or 2475.

Registration in this course is restricted to students admitted to the Diploma or Certificate in Journalism.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum “C-” grade in JOUR 2279 and 2380. JOUR 2380 may be taken concurrently.


WMDD 4811, 3 credits

Introduction to Digital Media Storytelling

New Course as of Spring Semester 2021

Formerly WMDD 4805 and 4810

Students use tools and techniques to create raster and vector graphics for online delivery. Students create high-quality graphics according to technical requirements for web and mobile use, including user interface components, icons, and illustrations.

Students will receive credit for only one of WMDD 4805, 4810, or 4811.

Registration in this course is restricted to students admitted to the Post-Degree Diploma in Web and Mobile App Design and Development.

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WMDD 4850, 3 credits

Advanced Typography

New Course as of Spring Semester 2021

Students learn about typography at an advanced level through a combination of hands-on projects, research, and the evaluation of typography as a core element of web and app design. Students explore the subtleties of type in relation to audience, page structure, and personal style.

Registration in this course is restricted to students admitted to the Post-Degree Diploma in Web and Mobile App Design and Development.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C" grade in WMDD 4800 and 4815.

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WMDD 4855, 3 credits

Web Programming II

New Course as of Spring Semester 2021

Formerly WMDD 4830 and 4845

Students further develop their web programming skills to create medium to complex web and mobile software running in a web browser on multiple platforms and form factors. To accomplish this, students apply an object oriented apprach to software design and programming, modern software development tools, best practices, and workflow.

Students will receive credit for only one of WMDD 4830, 4845, or 4850.

Registration in this course is restricted to students admitted to the Post-Degree Diploma in Web and Mobile App Design and Development (Developer Stream).

Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C" grade in WMDD 4820.

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WMDD 4885, 3 credits

Integrated Project

New Course as of Spring Semester 2021

Formerly WMDD 4870 and 4880

Students design and develop an application in response to a real-world problem or need, while learning about and implementing principles of project management. Specifically, students initiate a project, organize a team, assess risk, estimate costs, schedule work, and monitor progress. Students learn the fundamentals of traditional and agile project management methods in addition to common software tools used for project management. Through the project, students demonstrate an integration of technical skill and knowledge, professional competencies, and development/execution strategies drawn from work in other courses in the program.

Students will receive credit for only one of WMDD 4870, 4880, or 4885.

Registration in this course is restricted to students admitted to the Post-Degree Diploma in Web and Mobile App Design and Development.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C" grade in all of the following: WMDD 4800, 4811, 4815, 4820, and 4825.

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WMDD 4921, 3 credits

Introduction to Database Technologies

New Course as of Spring Semester 2021

Formerly WMDD 4920

Developers working in industry must contend with multiple database types and technologies. In this class, students are introduced to the fundamentals of relational and non-relational databases. Students write SQL statements as well as NoSQL programs to create and access databases. Students work on database projects as part of the data persistence layer to their web and mobile applications.

Students will receive credit for only one of WMDD 4920 or 4921.

Registration in this course is restricted to students admitted to the Post-Degree Diploma in Web and Mobile App Design and Development.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C" grade in WMDD 4855.

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WMDD 4936, 3 credits

Full-Stack Web Development

New Course as of Spring Semester 2021

Formerly WMDD 4935

Students are introduced to server-side and client-side programming languages and frameworks for implementing dynamic websites and applications. Students work with form data and data validation, integration with backend databases, and client-side application frameworks.

Students will receive credit for only one of WMDD 4935 or 4936.

Registration in this course is restricted to students admitted to the Post-Degree Diploma in Web and Mobile App Design and Development.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C" grade in WMDD 4835, 4840, and 4855. WMDD 4921 may be taken concurrently.

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WMDD 4961, 3 credits

Industry and Business Strategies

New Course as of Spring Semester 2021

Formerly WMDD 4960 and 4990

Students examine the software industry from the perspective of an entrepreneur who develops websites and mobile applications. Students explore all facets of the business side of creative technologies, from developing a new audience, and building a business plan, to building and managing an effective marketing strategy. This exploration sets students up to develop an entrepreneurial mindset for working in the evolving technology and start-up market, demonstrating their proficiency with not only technical skills but also basic business, presentation, and networking skills.
Note: This project course is only intended for students who are enrolled in or who have completed the required support courses. Students who have not registered in all the support courses for their project term will be required to drop the course. For Designer stream students, the support courses are: WMDD 4900, 4905, and 4925. For Developer stream students, the support courses are: WMDD 4921, 4930, and 4936.

Students will receive credit for only one of WMDD 4960, 4961, or 4990.

Registration in this course is restricted to students admitted to the Post-Degree Diploma in Web and Mobile App Design and Development.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C" grade in WMDD 4860.

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WMDD 4970, 3 credits

Game Design Foundations

New Course as of Spring Semester 2021

Through understanding what motivates people, and what they consider “fun,” designers are able to create more engaging web apps and interactions. Students learn the basics and mechanics of the game design process. The principles learned in this course apply to web and app design and any interactive project. Students learn the fundamentals of game design through a combination of hands-on projects, research, and the analysis of different types of games using these principles.

Registration in this course is restricted to students admitted to the Post-Degree Diploma in Web and Mobile App Design and Development.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C" grade in WMDD 4900 and 4925.

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WMDD 4997, 3 credits

Advanced Topics for Web and Mobile Designers

New Course as of Spring Semester 2021

Formerly WMDD 4965 and 4995

In a dynamic industry such as web and mobile app development, designers must stay current with new technologies, specializations, and trends. Students will engage in current, “hot issues” in industry, reflecting the specific expertise and interest of the instructor, guest lecturers, and consideration of students’ professional goals.

Students will receive credit for only one of WMDD 4965, 4995, or 4997.

Registration in this course is restricted to students admitted to the Post-Degree Diploma in Web and Mobile App Design and Development (Designer Stream).

Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C" grade in all of the following: WMDD 4900, 4905, 4925, 4961, and 4980.

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WMDD 4998, 3 credits

Advanced Topics for Web and Mobile Developers

New Course as of Spring Semester 2021

Formerly WMDD 4995 and 4999

In a dynamic industry such as web and mobile app development, developers must stay current with new technologies, specializations, and trends. Students will engage in current, “hot issues” in industry, reflecting the specific expertise and interest of the instructor, guest lecturers, and consideration of students’ professional goals.

Students will only receive credit for one of WMDD 4995, 4998, or 4999.

Registration in this course is restricted to students admitted to the Post-Degree Diploma in Web and Mobile App Design and Development (Developer Stream).

Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C" grade in all of the following: WMDD 4921, 4930, 4936, 4961, and 4980.

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