Introduction to Global Media and Communication

Course description: 

Fall Term - Year One and Two Elective Course

Public policy shapes the innovation of new media technologies, the organization of cultural production, and the diffusion of global media. New communication technologies such as blogs, online communities, and social media have an impact on public opinion and traditional print and broadcast media have a changing role in political discourse.

The range of phenomena studied across the social and policy sciences is impressive: the global information economy, the organizational behavior of firms, and the dot-com boom; the structure of the world system, the bureaucratic efficiency of states, the international politics of technical standards; cultural production and consumption, intercultural communication, and ownership diversity of digital media systems.

We will critically explore the concepts often used in discussions of contemporary international political economy, including "network society", "digital divide," and "information society". We will also review the theories of modernization, dependency, and underdevelopment that have been used to understand the problems and prospects of development. Case studies from around the world will be used wherever possible. Students will have significant freedom to develop their own research interests through a paper on a topic of their own choosing. Through diverse readings, students will also learn about the various methodologies for understanding global media and communication.