Culture, Politics, Policy, and Global Media

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Culture, Politics, Policy, and Global Media

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

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

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    18 200-level MFCO or FIME points

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

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

    Bringing together issues of theory and praxis, this paper concerns the impact of global media on politics, culture and everyday life as well as the organisation of global media, industrial and cultural practices in the information age. What is a media event? Who is in control of the media? How do the media shape culture and politics?

    MFCO 313 is concerned with the impact of global media on politics, culture, and society as well as the organization of global media in different contexts. We will examine the complex local, national, and global relationships that have developed in response to world-wide processes.

    Course Structure
    The course is organised into three sections or modules:
    -The first module will focus on the flow of media products on a global scale. We will especially be interested in studying the problem of media imperialism
    -The second module will explore major issues connected with the problem of global media ownership
    -The third module will primarily analyse the Internet and global media policy

    -Tutorial participation 10%
    -Tutorial presentation 10%
    -Research essay 35%
    -Essay proposal and annotated bibliography 20%
    -Final exam 25%

    Learning Outcomes
    -Discuss debates about the meaning and significance of globalisation
    Gain a better appreciation of the flow of news, entertainment and information between different regions of the world
    -Appreciate the significance of transnational corporations and their political, cultural and social impact
    -Understand the policy-making agenda that shape contemporary global media
    -Understand the impact of globalising forces in local contexts
    -Understand how different countries have participated in and/or resisted the globalisation of media production

    Thussu, Daya Kishan. International Communication: Continuity and Change (2nd edition).
    Course readings on Blackboard

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