|Faculty:||Faculty of Information and Media Studies|
|Field of Study:||Mass Communication/Media Studies
|Description:||Are you moved by crisis in Darfur? Do social movements such as the Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street interest you? Do you want to work for a public service or a non-profit organization? Then the Media and the Public Interest (MPI) program might be for you. The MPI program is the only one of its kind in Canada and connects issues of communication and media to social justice issues such as democracy, equity, class, race, and gender. Students in MPI examine social movements and how media can be used to further these causes. Some example courses in the MPI program include Alternative Media, Social Movements and Media, and Activism in Mainstream Media.
A primary goal of the program is to connect media theory learned in the classroom to real world experiences. Students are encouraged to put what they learn to use. Many of the MPI courses feature a service learning component or practicum that gives students the opportunity to volunteer in a community organization. MPI students will acquire an interdisciplinary education useful for those who plan to work with communication issues in civil society movements, the non-profit sector or the public service. The program also provides the necessary background for graduate work in media studies, communication and other disciplines.
|URL:||Media & the Public Interest at Western University|
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|Careers:||Managers in Publishing|
|Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)*||80 to 86|
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