SOAS University of London

Centre for Global Media and Communications

Topics in Global Media and Postnational Communication

Module Code:
FHEQ Level:
Taught in:
Term 2

The modules aims to address topics in Global Media and Post-National communication through using a comparative approach focused on case studies in the Global South. The comparative approach is important particularly because media studies developed along the US-UK axis making it imperative to ask how media theories can be used in other parts of the world, address their ethnocentric and normative assumptions and exploring different approaches arising from other genealogies and histories.

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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