Comparing Media

Universidad Pompeu Fabra

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Comparing Media

  • Host University

    Universidad Pompeu Fabra

  • Location

    Barcelona, Spain

  • 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

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    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.

    Learning Objectives:
    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.

    Course Workload:
    - 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%

    Absence Policy:
    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.

    Classroom Norms:
    - No food or drink is permitted in class
    - Students will have a ten-minute break on one- hour session

    Weekly Schedule:

    WEEK 1
    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

    WEEK 2
    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

    WEEK 3
    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.

    WEEK 4
    Session 7: Public Broadcasting
    Television in European countries
    Session 8: European Media Analysis
    Presentation of student?s assignments on European Media

    WEEK 5
    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

    WEEK 6
    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

    WEEK 7
    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

    WEEK 8
    Session 15: Literature and Newspapers in Liberal Countries
    Origins of New Journalism
    Session 16: Writing process.
    Beyond the inverted pyramid model

    WEEK 9
    Session 17: Online Media
    New Media Characteristics. Online Websites Content Analysis
    Session 18: Public Broadcasting
    Television from the world

    WEEK 10
    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

    WEEK 11
    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

    Required readings:
    - 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.

    Recommended bibliography:
    - 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.

Course Disclaimer

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