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This subject explores global media across different cultures. Students will engage with debates on different aspects of global cultures, including national cultural formations, institutional structures, media ownership, and transnational media. By concentrating on the effects of globalization and new information technologies in and from different geographical regions, students of Global Media Cultures will broaden their understanding of the institutional and cultural contexts of global media. This subject addresses debates on globalization, including those regarding the global-local interaction, questions of cultural agency, identity politics, and the economic and political functions of social media. The subject explores key issues on the politics of representation, paying particular attention to questions of cultural nationalism and media concentration, new technologies, and technological determinism.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should have:
- the ability to understand the nexus between broader theories of technological change and the transformation of the global media and communication environments;
- The ability to recognise and explain the differences between the globalisation of the world’s economies; the effects of this process upon the increasing importance of information technologies; the transformation of media into networked media; and the shifts in the experience and practice of culture on the global scale;
- Developed the capacity for high level analysis and conceptual sophistical in order to assess the concrete and abstract processes of globalisation and how this affects culture and cultural change; and
- Be able to effectively communicate their ideas in both written and oral forms, contribute to group discussions, and engage with the views expressed by fellow students whose disciplinary and cultural backgrounds may differ.
Last updated: 2 December 2019