School of Communication

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School of Communication

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  • Department of Communication (1978 - 1994)
  • Department of Communication Studies (1973 - 1978)
  • Behavioural Science Foundations and Communications (1972 - 1973)
  • Communication Studies Program (1965 - 1972)

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Description area

Dates of existence

1965 -

History

The School of Communication has built its curriculum and research around understanding the organization, operation and meaning of the communication messages on which personal, national and global associations are built and sustained.

The School had its origins in 1965 as the Centre for Communications and the Arts, a unit in the Faculty of Education which offered credit courses, non-credit workshops, and public events. In 1970, the Faculty of Education was reorganized. The Arts program separated from the Faculty of Education to become part of the Division of General Studies. It retained the organizational title of Centre for Communications and the Arts although it no longer offered academic courses in communication studies. These courses remained in the Faculty of Education and became part of that faculty's Educational Foundations Centre. In 1972 Communication Studies became a department of the newly created Faculty of Interdisciplinary Studies. In 1977-1978, its name changed to the Department of Communication.

The School concentrated on six areas in the undergraduate program: theory and systems, history of communication, communication processes, communication media, political economy, and communication policy. In 1980, the School played an active role in founding the Canadian Communication Association (CCA). In 1981 a proposal was submitted to the Universities Council of British Columbia to establish a Ph.D. program in Communication. Approval for this program was obtained in 1983, making it the only Communication Department in Canada (west of Ontario) to offer a full set of academic degree programs (Ph.D., M.A., and B.A.) in the communication field. In 1984 the School consolidated its teaching and research areas, focusing on three areas of specialized concentration: communication media, technology and policy.

In 1985 after the dissolution of the Faculty of Interdisciplinary Studies, the School moved into the Faculty of Applied Sciences, in recognition of the fact that communication is a discipline of practical application. In 1994, the School adopted its current name, the School of Communication.

The School continues to be leader in local and international communication research and is involved in a number of projects including the Canadian Centre for Studies in Publishing (founded in 1987), Centre for Policy Research on Science and Technology (established in 1988), The Digest (an on-line journal published by the Centre for Policy Research on Science and Technology), Emergency Preparedness Information Exchange (operated by the Telematics Research lab), and NewsWatch Canada. The School also has a number of lab facilities that supporting research and communication development. These include the Assessment of Technology in Context Design Lab (ATIC-DL) created in 1997, the Emergency Preparedness Information eXchange Lab, the Media Analysis Lab and the Sonic Research Studio (home of the World Soundscape Project established at Simon Fraser University during the late 1960s and early 1970s).

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Faculty of Applied Sciences (1985 - )

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hierarchical

Dates of the relationship

1985 -

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School of Communication reports to Faculty of Applied Sciences

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Faculty of Interdisciplinary Studies (1972 - 1985)

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hierarchical

Dates of the relationship

1973 - 1985

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School of Communication reports to Faculty of Interdisciplinary Studies

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Educational Foundations Centre (1965 - 1972)

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hierarchical

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1970 - 1972

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School of Communication reports to Educational Foundations Centre

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School for the Contemporary Arts (1965 - )

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hierarchical

Dates of the relationship

1965 - 1970

Description of relationship

School of Communication reports to Centre for Communications and the Arts

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Department of Behavioural Science Foundations (1965 - 1972)

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temporal

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1972

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Department of Behavioural Science Foundations predecessor of Department of Communication Studies

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Laba, Martin

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associative

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2001 -

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Martin Laba officer of School of Communication: Director

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Lewis, Brian

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associative

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1995 - 2001

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Brian Lewis officer of School of Communication: Director

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Anderson, Robert S.

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associative

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1992 - 1994

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Robert S. Anderson officer of School of Communication: Director

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Laba, Martin

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associative

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1989 - 1992

Description of relationship

Martin Laba officer of School of Communication: Director

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Salter, Liora

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associative

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1985 - 1989

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Liora Salter officer of School of Communication: Director

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Leiss, William

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associative

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1980 - 1985

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William Leiss officer of School of Communication: Chair

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Melody, William H.

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associative

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1977 - 1980

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William H. Melody officer of School of Communication: Chair

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Brown, Robert C.

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associative

Dates of the relationship

1974

Description of relationship

Robert C. Brown officer of School of Communication: Acting Chair

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Smythe, Dallas (1907 - 1992)

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associative

Dates of the relationship

1974 - 1977

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Dallas Smythe officer of School of Communication: Chair

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Mallinson, Thomas J. ([191-] - 1999)

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associative

Dates of the relationship

1971 - 1973

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Thomas J. Mallinson officer of School of Communication: Chair

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Mallinson, Thomas J. ([191-] - 1999)

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associative

Dates of the relationship

1966 - 1971

Description of relationship

Thomas J. Mallinson officer of School of Communication: Director

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