Area of Study
Communication, Intercultural Communications, International Communications, Journalism, Mass Communications, Media and Journalism, Media Studies
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits5
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units7
Hours & Credits
OverviewDescriptionThis 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 objectivesa. Analyse the impact of major political and social developments on transnational mediab. Explain how technological change is reshaping the fundamentals of global media practicec. Identify the key theoretical concepts behind a globalised communication and media sphered. Critically question differing views about the nature of power and influence in global mediae. Research a wide range of topics emerging in the field of transnational media studiesf. Argue coherently about the role of ?new media? in a highly-connected worldTeaching and learning strategiesStudents 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.ContentTransnational 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.AssessmentAssessment task 1: A.nnotate Required Reading Each WeekObjective(s):a, b, c, d and fWeight: 30%Length:One annotation each week of 100-150 words, on the listed Required readingCriteria:Depth and relevance of commentClarity and strength of argumentClarity of expressionAssessment task 2: Lead in-class research group, report back to plenary, and post report.Objective(s):a, b, c, d, e and fWeight: 25%Length:Total length 1000 wordsCriteria:Capacity to lead research groupRelevance of research materialSuitability of research methodologyClarity and strength of presentationAssessment task 3: Development, pr?cis and submission of final essay/projectObjective(s):a, b, c, d, e and fWeight: 45%Length:3000 words or equivalent (audiovisual projects should have short 500 word attached exegesis).Criteria:Overall value of chosen topicRelevance of research materialSuitability of research methodologyClarity and strength of presentation
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.