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Globalisation and Media Cultures


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

Module description

This module explores how media and communications have been the vehicles, as well as the objects, of ongoing processes of globalisation. Case studies drawn from the media industries and media culture 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.

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

Indicative module content

  • Introduction to key theoretical terms
  • Transnational cultural commodities: global Japan
  • Transnational music: hip-hop and new authenticity
  • The rise of the regional: East Asian pop culture?
  • Transnational video: the rise of Nollywood
  • Global media and journalism: examining the WikiLeaks controversy
  • New media and global political movements
  • Korean wave and national branding
  • New media, fan subbing and transnational fan community