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Globalisation and Media Cultures


  • Credit value: 30 credits at Level 6
  • Convenor: Dr Robert Topinka
  • Assessment: a 2500-word critical essay (40%) and 3500-word final research paper (60%)

Module description

In this module we explore how media and communications have been the vehicles, as well as the objects, of ongoing processes of globalisation. Using case studies drawn from the media industries and media culture, we will explore, illustrate and critique theoretical approaches to globalisation. Particular focus will be placed on the role that 'transnational' media forms play in linking global communities across national boundaries and geographic divides.

We will also examine how new media and social media technologies are transforming global political life.

Indicative syllabus

  • Introduction to key theoretical terms
  • Transnational video: the rise of Nollywood
  • Global media and journalism: the migration crisis
  • New media and global political movements
  • Korean wave and national branding
  • ‘Accented’ cinema and the politics of transnational culture
  • Data colonialism
  • Global media and global fashion