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Communication and Media in the Global Era

Global Development
Enrollment in this course is by invitation only

About This Course

This course aims at providing its students with a comprehensive grounding in theories, perspectives and research relating to globalisation, global media and communications. Our course focuses on the political, economic and cultural dynamics of national and transnational media and communications. Students will critically examine the role of media and communications technology in shaping cultures and societies, influencing development processes and linking transnational communities. They will also investigate how media and communications are central to the changing structures, boundaries and flows of our increasingly globalised world and look at the key influence of digital media and web-based cultures. Paying particular attention to global development and inequalities, students will also explore the ways in which communication processes can be seen to both widen and close the gap between the global ‘north’ and ‘south’.

Course Content

1. Global Communications and Development

2. Theories of Globalisation and New Media

3. Media Research Methods

4. Global Media: Structures and Representations

5. Global Affairs: Actors, Communication and Culture

6. Advertising and Promotion in the Digital Age

7. Researching Media and Public Communication


Iosifidis, Petros. Global Media and Communication Policy. UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.

Mansell, Robin. Raboy, Marc. The Handbook of Global Media and Communication Policy (Global Media and Communication Handbook Series (IAMCR)) [1 ed.]. Wiley-Blackwel, 2011.

Orgad, Shani. Media representation and the global imagination. Cambridge: Polity Press, 2012.

Paterson, Chris. Lee, David. Saha, Anamik. Zoellner, Anna (eds.) Advancing Media Production Research: Shifting Sites, Methods, and Politics. UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

Winseck, Dwayne R., Pike, Robert M. Communication and Empire: Media Markets and Globalization, 1860-1930. Duke Unniversity Press, 2007.