SOAS University of London

Centre for Global Media and Communications

Theoretical issues in Global Media and Postnational Communication

Module Code:
15PMSH036
Credits:
15
Taught in:
Term 1

The module aims to provide students with a critical understanding of the role of media and communications technologies in the complex dynamics of globalisation, that seem both to reinforce local and national identities and also open up new, virtual, postnational spaces of collective action.

The first term critically reviews the relevant literatures and establishes a critical vocabulary that addresses the conglomeration of media companies, the convergence of the broadcasting, telecommunications and internet sectors and the processes of diffusion of new information technologies for development in the South. It critically examines the rise of significant Souther media organisations and their forms of news representation and media genres, explores the possible impacts of a more global and diverse media and information environment for democratisation as well as the policy and regulatory responses to cultural globalisation in the South.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:

  • To critically engage with non-Eurocentric debates around media globalisation and global media.
  • To address the relationship between capital and expansion of media
  • To address the role of media in identity and citizenship discourses and practices
  • To critically address the rise of significant Southern media organizations and their forms of news representations and media genres
  • To explore the possible impacts of a more global and diverse media and information environment for democratization as well as the policy and regulatory responses to cultural globalization in the South.
  • To explore new forms of affiliation and solidarity supported by information technologies and asks how postnational cosmopolitan identifications can coexist with local forms of belonging.

Method of assessment

  • One book review (800 words) at 20%
  • One essay (3,000 words) at 80%

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