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Bachelor 2021/2022

Media and Social Institutions: Cross-Cultural Comparison of World’s Media

Category 'Best Course for Career Development'
Category 'Best Course for Broadening Horizons and Diversity of Knowledge and Skills'
Category 'Best Course for New Knowledge and Skills'
Type: Elective course (International Relations)
Area of studies: International Relations
Delivered by: Institute of Media
When: 3 year, 3, 4 module
Mode of studies: offline
Open to: students of one campus
Language: English
ECTS credits: 3
Contact hours: 48

Course Syllabus


This course is oriented toward understanding of the media distinctions between the societies and develops the ability to analyze political, economic and cultural sources of media systems development. This course is recommended mainly for the undergraduate students from the social sciences disciplines but at the same time could be useful for foreign students interested in the subject area. Main prerequisites for this course are the intermediate level of English (ability to speak, to read the texts as well as to write some essays) and main knowledge in history (especially history of the XX century), sociology, economics.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • Understanding of the contemporary industrial media landscape in main developed countries
  • Understanding economic, political, cultural fundamentals of media systems in different geographical area
  • Develop ability to analyze media systems using multi-layered approach.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Able to apply key dimensions of media systems to analysis of American media system
  • Able to apply key dimensions of media systems to analysis of European media system
  • Able to apply key dimensions of media systems to analysis of post-soviet media system
  • Defining main differences between media systems according to the markets they are focused on.
  • Describe core concepts of cultural interaction and role media in it.
  • Describes the role of symbolic institutions within the society
  • Distinguishing media systems corresponding to particular political regimes
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Methodological basics for comparing media landscapes: general approach
  • Economic approach to compare media systems
  • Political differences and media
  • Cultural and geographical dimension of comparing media systems
  • European media system
  • American media system
  • Some assumptions about post-soviet media system
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Seminar participation
  • non-blocking Reading 1
  • non-blocking Written essay
  • non-blocking Reading 2
  • non-blocking Reading 3
  • non-blocking Reading 4
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • 2021/2022 4th module
    0.08 * Reading 2 + 0.08 * Reading 4 + 0.08 * Reading 1 + 0.08 * Reading 3 + 0.38 * Written essay + 0.3 * Seminar participation


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Cottle, S., & Matthews, J. (2013). U.S. TV News and Communicative Architecture: Between Manufacturing Consent and Mediating Democracy. Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, 57(4), 562–578. https://doi.org/10.1080/08838151.2013.845831
  • Dayan, D., & Katz, E. (1992). Media Events. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=282693
  • Disrupting the Old Periphery: Alternative Media, Inequality and Counter-Mapping in Brazil. (2018). https://doi.org/10.16997/wpcc.287
  • Hallin, D. C. (2019). Mediatisation, neoliberalism and populisms: the case of Trump. Contemporary Social Science, 14(1), 14–25. https://doi.org/10.1080/21582041.2018.1426404
  • Hallin, D. C., & Mancini, P. (2017). Ten Years After Comparing Media Systems: What Have We Learned? Political Communication, 34(2), 155–171. https://doi.org/10.1080/10584609.2016.1233158
  • Katz, E., Dayan, D., & Motyl, P. (1981). Communications in the 21st Century: In Defense of Media Events. Organizational Dynamics, 10(2), 68–80. https://doi.org/10.1016/0090-2616(81)90033-4
  • Mancini, P., & Hallin, D. C. (2012). Comparing Media Systems Beyond the Western World. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=415671
  • Mar’Ianovskii, V. (1997). The Russian economic mentality. Russian Social Science Review, 38(4), 34. https://doi.org/10.2753/RSS1061-1428380434
  • McChesney, R. W., & Recorded Books, I. (2015). Rich Media, Poor Democracy : Communication Politics in Dubious Times. New York: The New Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1015632

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Jonathan A. Obar, & Anne Oeldorf-Hirsch. (2018). The Clickwrap: A Political Economic Mechanism for Manufacturing Consent on Social Media. Social Media + Society. https://doi.org/10.1177/2056305118784770
  • Shriver, T. E., Adams, A. E., & Bray, L. A. (2019). Political Power and Manufacturing Consent: The Case of the 1953 Plzeň Protests. Sociological Quarterly, 60(1), 26–45. https://doi.org/10.1080/00380253.2018.1526046
  • Toepfl, F. (2013). Why do pluralistic media systems emerge? Comparing media change in the Czech Republic and in Russia after the collapse of Communism. LSE Research Online Documents on Economics. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsrep&AN=edsrep.p.ehl.lserod.53148