New Topics on Spanish Media

Universidad de Barcelona

Course Description

  • Course Name

    New Topics on Spanish Media

  • Host University

    Universidad de Barcelona

  • Location

    Barcelona, Spain

  • Area of Study

    Media Studies, Spanish Culture

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

    45
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4
  • Overview

    Course description
    The technological changes after the irruption of the Internet, the process of globalization
    and the emergence of new political parties —among other aspects— have consolidated a
    new ecosystem on Spanish media. Channels, audiences, markets and companies have been
    influenced by the changing context and different institutions of the country have been
    compelled to live a mutation process in few years. The aim of this course is to take a look
    at the representation and construction of different discourses in these new Spanish media
    through case studies.
    The learning objectives of this course are to understand and explain major issues of the
    new Spanish media context, to critically analyse the specific importance of technological
    and political changes, to redefine international communication terminology in the light of
    21st century changes, to identify and express the intercultural strategies we use for cultural
    understanding in global media and to engage with the host population. This course
    examines major issues related to new topics in Spanish media: From traditional mass
    media to citizen journalism, from the newest trends on social media to the historical
    background of the country itself.
    The course will be divided in two main independent sections. The first one will focus on the
    representativeness of Spain through both traditional and new media, while the second one
    will emphasise how fiction, whether is television, cinema or social media, is capable of
    describing in detail the reality of Spain.


    Methodology
    Class will meet twice a week for 90 minutes. Once a week, quick presentations are
    scheduled to summarize and further investigate the discussion topic of the week.
    Presentations will be done orally. Students should be able to show their capacity to
    introduce ideas and thoughts dealing with the topic, their ability to use language
    effectively, and their capacity to generate debate among the classmates. The rest of the
    class work will involve traditional lectures, discussions and analysis. There will be also
    specific workshops where the students will reflect their learning process.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.