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COURSE NAME: "Global Media"
SEMESTER & YEAR: Fall 2017

EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: TTH 10:00-11:15 AM
PREREQUISITES: Prerequisite: COM 220
OFFICE HOURS: by appointment

This course is an introduction to the current debate around the relationship between globalization and the media. By linking theoretical conceptions with hands-on empirical research and analysis, students will develop a richer and multi-layered perspective around the increasingly relevant yet contested notion of globalization, and specifically on the role that the media have in advancing, challenging and representing social, political and cultural change across multiple regions of the world.

The first part of the course will introduce students to the historical context of global communication and key theoretical approaches to globalization and media studies. We will look at global media infrastructures and examine the expansion and liberalization of telecommunication markets. The course will explore the globalization of Western media and media trends in different geopolitical and cultural contexts, including China and West Africa. Further, we will discuss how transnational media flows destabilize the imperialist perspective on globalization. The second part of the semester will be focused on the internet as key vector of media globalization. Topics will include global media activism, the environmental impact of global media and migrant media. 



By the end of the course, students should have acquired advanced competence in the field of media and globalization. Students will be able to: 1) analyze, present and discuss assigned readings in class; 2) discuss the main theoretical approaches in the field of media and globalization and how these key approaches relate to one another; 3) discuss key terms such as cultural imperialism, media liberalization, counter-flows, networked politics; 4) critically engage a range of media objects and analyze them in relation to global chains of production, circulation and consumption.

Book TitleAuthorPublisherISBN numberLibrary Call NumberComments
International Communication: Continuity and ChangeDaya Thussu Hodder Arnold .9781849661799 Throughout the semester, several additional essays will be assigned relevant to class discussions,

Take home midterm examShort answers and one final essay questio.30
Short assignments and group workThese include a short media autobiography, film comments, and group work. 10
Final ProjectTBD after midterm exam 30
Final Project PresentationTBD after midterm exam.10
Attendance and participationIt consists of your contribution to class discussions and other activities.20

AWork of this quality directly addresses the question or problem raised and provides a coherent argument displaying an extensive knowledge of relevant information or content. This type of work demonstrates the ability to critically evaluate concepts and theory and has an element of novelty and originality. There is clear evidence of a significant amount of reading beyond that required for the
BThis is highly competent level of performance and directly addresses the question or problem raised.There is a demonstration of some ability to critically evaluatetheory and concepts and relate them to practice. Discussions reflect the student’s own arguments and are not simply a repetition of standard lecture andreference material. The work does not suffer from any major errors or omissions and provides evidence of reading beyond the required assignments.
CThis is an acceptable level of performance and provides answers that are clear but limited, reflecting the information offered in the lectures and reference readings.
DThis level of performances demonstrates that the student lacks a coherent grasp of the material.Important information is omitted and irrelevant points included.In effect, the student has barely done enough to persuade the instructor that s/he should not fail.
FThis work fails to show any knowledge or understanding of the issues raised in the question. Most of the material in the answer is irrelevant.


Please consider that frequent unexcused absences will affect your grade. Students who will miss more than three classes without an adequate justification will have the final grade for the course dropped by one letter grade. Students who will miss more than five classes without an adequate justification will fail the class. Students who arrive in class more than 15 minutes late will be marked as absent. Lateness will of course affect the final grade. Every student is expected to do the readings when required and actively participate in class discussion. All the reading materials and course assignments will be posted online. Students are expected to regularly check the class website for updates.

The use of laptop computers and other electronic devices during class is NOT permitted. Please note that participation counts for 15% of your grade in this course. It means that you will be graded on your actual participation in class activities and discussions.

Here are the behaviors that count:

  • Asking questions;
  • Answering questions;
  • Making comments that relate to material in the text.

Here are the value-added behaviors -the ones the put your contributions over the top:

  • Responding to something another student says (including answering a question asked by a student);
  • Constructively disagreeing with something in the text or said in class by me or another student.

 And there are behaviors to avoid:

  • Not listening;
  • Pretending to be listening while texting or cruising online;
Making fun or otherwise berating something said by another person.
As stated in the university catalog, any student who commits an act of academic dishonesty will receive a failing grade on the work in which the dishonesty occurred. In addition, acts of academic dishonesty, irrespective of the weight of the assignment, may result in the student receiving a failing grade in the course. Instances of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Dean of Academic Affairs. A student who is reported twice for academic dishonesty is subject to summary dismissal from the University. In such a case, the Academic Council will then make a recommendation to the President, who will make the final decision.
John Cabot University does not discriminate on the basis of disability or handicap. Students with approved accommodations must inform their professors at the beginning of the term. Please see the website for the complete policy.


Please note: the detailed schedule, complete with reading and screening list, will be provided the first day of class and will be available on line together with reading materials.

The use of laptop computers and other electronic devices during class is NOT permitted.

Week 1 – Introducing global media

Week 2 – History and theoretical approaches

Week 3 – Infrastructures

Week 4 – Convergence

Week 5  - China Rising

Week 6 - Transnational Media Flows: West Africa and Italy

Week 7: Review and Mid Term Exam

Week 8:  New Media and Globalization?

Week 9: Surveillance

Week 10 – Networked Movements

Week 11: Celebrity Activism and Migrant Media

Week 12: E-waste

Week 13: Final Projects Workshop

 Weeek 14: Final Projects Presentations