Universidad Pompeu Fabra
Area of Study
Communication, European Studies, International Communications, Journalism, Latin American Studies, Mass Communications, Media and Journalism, Media Studies, Radio/Television/Film, Speech Communications, Telecommunications
Taught In English
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4
Hours & Credits
Course title: Comparing Media
Language of instruction: English
Professor: To be announced
Professor?s contact and office hours: To be announced
Course Contact Hours: 45
Recommended Credit: 3 US credits-5 ECTS credits
Course Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course
Language Requirements: None
Course focus and approach: This course focuses on the description and analysis of three main journalistic traditions: the Anglo-Saxon tradition, the South European tradition and the North European tradition. The comparative approach to those traditions helps the students to understand the differences and the similarities.
Course Description: The aim of this course is to provide students with a general overview of the Spanish Media and European Media. They study the relationship between media and politics, journalism and literature and the impact of media ethics in Europe. In order to achieve this goal, the students will analyze European newspapers, online media and television.
At the end of this course:
- The students will be able to know the main characteristics of European Media
- The students will be able to understand better the impact of European culture on European Media
- The students will be able to understand the similarities and differences between European Media and US Media.
- Two exams: Midterm Exam and Final Exam
- Three readings: ?Bel Ami? from Guy de Maupassant, ?The Quiet American? from Graham Greene; ?The new journalism? from Tom Wolfe.
- Field studies: analyzing European Media and Online Media
Methods of Instruction:
Lectures and discussion
Method of Assessment:
- Midterm exam: 30%
- Final exam: 40%
- Class participation: 10%
- Term paper: 20%
After the add/drop, all registrations are considered final and HESP Absence Policy begins to apply. For the academic year 2011-2012, such policy is as follows:
Attending class is mandatory and will be monitored daily by professors. Missing classes will impact on the student?s final grade as follows:
Up to two (2) absences - No penalization
Three (3) absences - 1 point subtracted from final grade (on a 10 point scale)
Four (4) absences - 2 points subtracted from final grade (on a 10 point scale)
Five (5) absences or more - The student receives an INCOMPLETE (?NO PRESENTAT?) for the course
The PEHE/HESP attendance policy does not distinguish between justified or unjustified absences. The student is deemed responsible to manage his/her absences.
Emergency situations (hospitalization, family emergency...) will be analyzed on a case by case basis by the Academic Director of the HESP.
- No food or drink is permitted in class
- Students will have a ten-minute break on one- hour session
Session 1: Comparing Media Introduction
Presentation of the course: Introduction to the course requirements and method of assessment.
Session 2: Latin Media Characteristics
Latin Countries Characteristics and Latin Media Characteristics
Session 3: Politics in Latin Countries
Political Parallelism in Latin Countries. Media and Transition to Democracy in Latin Countries
Session 4: Journalism Profession in Latin Countries
Journalism recognition in Latin Countries. Dimensions of Profession and consequences of Low Journalistic Profession in Latin Countries
Session 5: Media Ethics in Europe
Overview of Media Ethics and Media Ethics Instruments in European Countries
Session 6: Discussion on Media Ethics. From Mohammed Cartoons to Wikileaks coverage.
Session 7: Public Broadcasting
Television in European countries
Session 8: European Media Analysis
Presentation of student?s assignments on European Media
Session 9: Literature and Newspapers in Latin Countries
Literary Influences on Latin Media
Writers and Journalists in France and Spain
Discussion on the novel Bel Ami by Guy de Maupassant
Session 10: Midterm exam
Questions about some of the issues treated in the lessons
Session 11: North European Countries and Media
State and Media in North European Countries.
Profession in North European Countries and Journalistic Autonomy.
Session 12: Liberal Media Characteristics
Liberal Countries Characteristics
Commercial Press in Liberal Countries
Session 13: UK within the Liberal Model
Party press in UK
Session 14: The US as a dominant model.
Quality press and Tabloids in UK
Session 15: Literature and Newspapers in Liberal Countries
Origins of New Journalism
Session 16: Writing process.
Beyond the inverted pyramid model
Session 17: Online Media
New Media Characteristics. Online Websites Content Analysis
Session 18: Public Broadcasting
Television from the world
Session 19: Liberal Media Analysis
Presentation of student?s assignments on Liberal Media
Session 20: Discussion on the novel The Quiet American by Graham Greene. Discussion on the novel
Session 21: Final Discussion and Doubts
Questions and doubts about the issues treated in the previous lessons
Session 22: Final Exam
Questions about some of the issues treated in the lessons
- MAUPASSANT, Guy de, (2001), Bel Ami, Oxford, Oxford University Press.
- GREENE, Graham, (1973), The Quiet American, London, Penguin.
- WOLFE, Tom, (1996), The New Journalism, London, Picador.
- CHALABY, Jean K., (1996), "Journalism as an Anglo-American invention. A comparison of the Development of French and Anglo-American Journalism, 1830-1920". European Journal of Communication, September, Ps. 303-323.
- FERENCZI, Thomas, (1993), L'Invention du journalisme en France, Paris, Plon.
- HALLIN, Daniel, y Paolo Mancini, (2004), Comparing Media Systems: Three models of media and politics, New York, Cambridge University Press.
- KOVACH, Bill, y ROSENSTIEL, Tom, (2001), The Elements of Journalism, New York, Three Rivers Press.
- THE STATE OF THE NEWS MEDIA 2011 http://stateofthemedia.org/
Please note that there are no beginning level Spanish courses offered in this program.
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.