SOAS University of London

Centre for Global Media and Communications

Topics in Global Media and Communication

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Term 2

This course adopts a critical approach to addressing global media and communication using a comparative approach. It will expand on and continue the debates from the term one, Theoretical Issues in Global Media (15PGMSH036) but will be more focused on contemporary debates related to the production and consumption of global media with a particular emphasis on the perspectives from Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

• To understand the relationship between media, politics and cultures.
• To address debates around global media and diverse identifications
• To address questions of agency, participation and control
• To explore new forms of affiliation and solidarity supported by information technologies
• To address global media production from the global south
• To critically engage with the debates around


The module will be taught over 10 weeks with one 2 hour lecture/tutorial per week

Scope and syllabus

• Media in post-colonial contexts
• Visual communications
• Media , gender, race
• Global media and religion
• Media and conflict/war
• Media and surveillance
• Media production from the global south
• Digital literacy
• Media and crisis
• Wrap-up

Method of assessment

Assignment one – Book Review (600-800 words); 20%
Assignment two - Essay (3000 words); 80%


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