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Bachelor 2018/2019

Communications in a Globalized World

Category 'Best Course for Broadening Horizons and Diversity of Knowledge and Skills'
Type: Elective course (Media Communications)
Area of studies: Media Communications
Delivered by: School of Media
When: 3 year, 3 module
Mode of studies: offline
Instructors: Olga Baysha
Language: English
ECTS credits: 4

Course Syllabus

Abstract

Globalization refers to all the processes by which the citizens of different nation-states are incorporated into a single global society. Since these processes are multiple and non-linear, there are as many conceptualizations of globalization as there are academic disciplines. There is a widely shared understanding, however, that media and communication technologies are central to all global transformations. It is communication technologies that establish global networks, producing complex configurations of “the local” and “the global,” “the traditional” and “the modern,” or “the social” and “the natural.”
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • The aim of this course is to present globalization as a synthesis of several disciplinary approaches with an emphasis on media and communication.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • To introduce students to the history of globalization and contemporary debates on the role of media in the emergence of global networks.
  • To assist students in learning how to approach and analyze complex social issues related to the formation of global network society.
  • To help students critically examine many of our own values that we usually take for granted, i.e. those involved in our interactions with people of other cultures.
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Topic 1. Introduction. What is globalization?
    Main theories and approaches to the globalization. Globalization of markets, politics and culture. Globalization of culture and its critical fundamentals.
  • Topic 2. The Age of Modernity: The West and the Rest.
    What is the modernity. Historical borderlines of the modernity. Modernity as philosophical and cultural concept. Theory of modernization in contemporary world. Modernization and media. Modernization & ‘Otherness’. Racism & Orientalism..
  • Topic 3. The Return of the Repressed.
    Repression and violence in culture. The dispositive concept and power in different dimensions. Foucauldian, Weberian and Durkheimian approaches to the power. Symbolic power and the role of media in it.
  • Topic 4. Power & International relations: Realism vs. Idealism
    The concept of soft power and different dimensions of power in international relations. Mahmood Mandani “Saviors and Survivors: Darfur, Politics, and the War on Terror” book.
  • Topic 5. Propaganda Model. Managing Information Space
    Models of propaganda. Propaganda as mass-communication activity. Propaganda history. Propaganda model of Herman and Chomsky. Media in capitalist world limitations.
  • Topic 6. The neoliberal order and global resistance: Terrorism & New Social Movements
    Social movements. New media implications into social movements. Techno deterministic approach to the social movements and participatory culture (Jenkins). Critical approaches to new media role in social movements. Cultural social movements and cultural clash.
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Attendance
  • non-blocking Participation in collective discussions
  • non-blocking Reaction papers on main readings.
    In total 8 reaction papers have to be writed.
  • non-blocking Midterm essay
  • non-blocking Final essay
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (3 module)
    0.1 * Attendance + 0.2 * Final essay + 0.2 * Midterm essay + 0.1 * Participation in collective discussions + 0.4 * Reaction papers on main readings.
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Flynn, P., & Doorslaer, L. van. (2013). Eurocentrism in Translation Studies. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=643401
  • Many globalizations : cultural diversity in the contemporary world / ed. by Peter L. Berger . (2002). Oxford [u.a.]: Oxford Univ. Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.103440828

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Loon, J. van, Beck, U., & Adam, B. (2000). The Risk Society and Beyond : Critical Issues for Social Theory. London: SAGE Publications Ltd. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=268593
  • Nightingale, P. (2003). The Network Society: The Information Age: Economy, Society and Culture. Vol. I; Manuel Castells; The Rise of the Network Society, Blackwell Publishers, Cambridge, MA; Oxford, UK, 1996, Price: [UK pound] 16.99 (paperback), ISBN 1-55786-616-3: The Information Age: Economy, Society and Culture. Vol. II; Manuel Castells; The Power of Identity, Blackwell Publishers, Malden, MA; Oxford, UK, 1997, Price: [UK pound] 16.99 (paperback), ISBN 1-55786-873-5: The Information Age: Economy, Society and Culture. Vol. III; Manuel Castells; End of Millennium, Blackwell Publishers, Malden, MA; Oxford, UK, 1998, Price: [UK pound] 16.99 (paperback), ISBN 1-55786-871-9. Research Policy, (6), 1141. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsrep&AN=edsrep.a.eee.respol.v32y2003i6p1141.1145