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S/T: Global Media (COM-369)

Semester: Spring 2021
Number: 0108-369-004
Instructor: Timothy Novak
Days: Tuesday Thursday 9:25 am - 10:40 am
Note: Online, Both synchronous and asynchronous
Location: Online
Credits: 3
Course Materials: View Text Books

In this course we will be mapping out world communication and the cross-cultural outlines of our so-called "gloabal village." We will look at the rise of international communication systems and the development of this thing we call global culture. We will examine some of the modern techniques and technologies of the information revolution- computers, satellites, the news, digital imaging, fiber optics- and a variety of their influences on cultural development and "new world orders." We will access the merits and limitations of technological developments in media and their implications for global communications.

Learning Goals:   The global media system is increasingly understood as a force with both the potential to draw the world together while at the same time generating new levels of tension and conflict. In this course, then, we will explore the centrality of the media as a force challenging and, in some cases, altering relations of power both within societies and between societies. Through a critical examination of the impact of global media, the central goal of the course will be to develop an understanding of questions of national identity, culture, and the ways in which global media affords the opportunity to gain a deeper appreciation of the perspectives and problems of societies around the world.

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