International Media Studies

University of Newcastle

Course Description

  • Course Name

    International Media Studies

  • Host University

    University of Newcastle

  • Location

    Newcastle, Australia

  • Area of Study

    International Communications, Media and Journalism, Media Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview


    Examines the relationship between the media and the societies and cultures within which they exist, nationally, internationally and globally. It contributes to the student's scholarship by developing advanced writing and research skills and a critical understanding of the global context of international media including social, cultural, political and economic influences and impacts.

    Learning Outcomes

    1. Examine the historic, geographic, economic and political context of international media.

    2. Compare the role and function of the media in Australia with those in various other nations.

    3. Examine the socio-cultural influence of international media.

    4. Explore practical implications of international media in relation to new technology and global issues.


    The course will examine the context of international media, including: history, markets, infrastructure, forces of change and development, theories used to evaluate, understand and direct change for international media studies, and comparative examples of media in various countries.

    The course will use contemporary and historical events to examine the socio-cultural impact of international media including: cultural imperialism; globalisation; contraflow; and, the influence of new media technologies.

    The course will explore practical outcomes of international media influence relating to: the digital divide, media morality, and developing roles and job descriptions of contemporary media practitioners.

    Assessment Items

    Online Learning Activity: Group Tutorial
    Presentation: Group Presentation
    Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Country Case Study
    Essay: Essay

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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.