Transnational Media


Course Description

  • Course Name

    Transnational Media

  • Host University


  • Location

    Sydney, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Communication, Intercultural Communications, International Communications, Journalism, Mass Communications, Media and Journalism, Media Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

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

    This subject discusses media practice in a globalising economy to question the effects of developments such as trade liberalisation, technological change and global war on the organisation and operation of media and the significance of such changes for understanding transnational communication. Students canvass the international communication and media history literature, critically engage with approaches to theorising international communication and global media practice, and explore the politics of both transnational media mega-corporations including advertising agencies and their counterpart, alternative, DIY and community-based media including the blogosphere. Students focus on the specific issues of electronic journalism and the possibility of a transnational public sphere of debate; internet advertising and the difficulties of creating viable business models in the online environment; and new forms of social networking and interaction found in virtual communities and the possibilities for new kinds of political and social engagements and media practices.
    Subject objectives
    a. Analyse the impact of major political and social developments on transnational media
    b. Explain how technological change is reshaping the fundamentals of global media practice
    c. Identify the key theoretical concepts behind a globalised communication and media sphere
    d. Critically question differing views about the nature of power and influence in global media
    e. Research a wide range of topics emerging in the field of transnational media studies
    f. Argue coherently about the role of ?new media? in a highly-connected world
    Teaching and learning strategies
    Students read, listen and watch an online lecture during the week prior to the tutorial class. They annotate through interaction with other students a key reading each week. In class they undertake previously prepared small group online research, which is reported back in a plenary gathering. They develop their research and presentation skills. They identify and prepare a researched final project or essay, reflecting an understanding of key literature. Students engage with online materials, prepare for all tutorials, and attend Question and Answer whole class classroom sessions four times during the semester.
    Transnational media brings together studies in transnational organisations, international politics, technological change, and transnational cultural flows, with media studies, political sociology, and cultural studies. The subject sets the context of ownership and control of transnational media, then explores regulatory environments, modes of production, transnational content and transnational consumption of media. Drawing on analyses of cultural and economic power, the subject explores how local cultures are intersected by transnational, and the impact of these transformations on democratic political life. Key issues that intersect with the growth of transnational media include political and religious violence, environmental challenges, poverty and inequality, and consumerism and public health.
    Assessment task 1: A.nnotate Required Reading Each Week
    a, b, c, d and f
    Weight: 30%
    One annotation each week of 100-150 words, on the listed Required reading
    Depth and relevance of comment
    Clarity and strength of argument
    Clarity of expression
    Assessment task 2: Lead in-class research group, report back to plenary, and post report.
    a, b, c, d, e and f
    Weight: 25%
    Total length 1000 words
    Capacity to lead research group
    Relevance of research material
    Suitability of research methodology
    Clarity and strength of presentation
    Assessment task 3: Development, pr?cis and submission of final essay/project
    a, b, c, d, e and f
    Weight: 45%
    3000 words or equivalent (audiovisual projects should have short 500 word attached exegesis).
    Overall value of chosen topic
    Relevance of research material
    Suitability of research methodology
    Clarity and strength of presentation

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.