Media and International Relations

Universidad de Deusto - Bilbao

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Media and International Relations

  • Host University

    Universidad de Deusto - Bilbao

  • Location

    Bilbao, Spain

  • Area of Study

    International Relations, Media Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

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

    This course contributes to the consolidation of the students' academic-professional profile by helping them to improve their analytical abilities, communications skills (oral and written), initiative, judgment, team building, and critical thinking in discipline-specific contexts. The students will be exposed to relevant and diverse readings, and will practice a variety of speaking activities of particular importance in their study field (mainly presentations and debates). They will also become aware of the importance of accuracy, organisation, coherence, originality, credibility, and persuasiveness. The course is practical in nature since it relies entirely on relevant readings and regular submission of writing tasks and oral presentations (in group or individual), with close facilitation and regular feedback from the instructor and their own (and their peers') analysis and revision. It will focus on the role of media organisations and their coverage of issues such as: the globalisation process, climate change, state sovereignty and nationalism, the foreign policy of key states, international security and terrorism, ecological sustainability, economic and sustainable development, economic crisis, global finance, organised crime and money laundering, human rights, and the roles inter-governmental organisations (IGO), campaigning organisations [including international non-governmental organisations (INGO) and non-governmental organisations (NGO)], and multinational corporations (MNC).


    Unit 1: Public opinion
    Public opinion and international relations
    The role and impact of media in international relations
    Foreign correspondents
    The state of the media
    Public diplomacy
    Propaganda and manipulation of the press

    Unit 2: 'New' technologies
    Impact of 'new' technologies on media
    The emergence of an international public opinion and of global information networks
    The 'new' media

    Unit 3: The blurred lines of media
    Media and communication in international campaigning
    Data analysis and communication

    In order to acquire and develop the above-mentioned competences, the following teaching-learning techniques will be used:
    - Relevant readings of scholarly and multidisciplinary literature, and follow-up discussions.
    - Finding and researching autonomously alternative readings and sources of information.
    - Analysis and discussion of different cases.
    - Considering the value and adequacy of the sources and resources to be used.
    - Preparing the writing tests on themes that will be previously assigned, either individually or as part of a team.
    - Re-writing and summarising reports, responding to questions, contesting points of view, and elaborating papers.
    - Revision and editing of tests; assessing and offering feedback to others' work.

    The assessment of the students' work will be progressive and formative. The students will occasionally be asked to evaluate their own work and that of their peers. The final grade will be the weighted sum of the scores obtained on the following components:
    1. Class attendance and participation in activities, discussions and debates: 10%.
    2. Written paper and oral group presentation: 20%.
    3. Mid-course exam: 30%.
    4. Final exam: 40%
    NB. Penalties will be implemented if students fail to attend more than 10% classes, if they turn assignments late, if they fail to comply with the different assignments or if their portfolio of papers is not up to the standards of integrity and originality. Penalties will range from 10-30% of final grade.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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