Communication and Culture | Media in the Global Context
C202 | 16610 | Deboer, S.

TuTh, 1:00 PM-2:15 PM, TBA
Required film screening: W, 7:00 PM-10:00 PM, TBA

Fulfills College S&H Requirement
Fulfills College Culture Studies Requirement (List A)

Instructor: Stephanie Deboer
Office: 800 E. 3rd St. – room 251
Phone: 856-3708

What are the cultural implications of global media?  Is it
constructed through relations of domination or negotiation?  How do
we begin to understand how its impacts might shift in relation to
the dynamics of particular producers, consumers and audiences,
locations, mediums or identities? How can we approach the cultural
dynamics that are distinctive to the digital era of film or
television as well as the Internet? And how might these mediums work
in distinctive ways in particular global contexts?

This course is an introduction to cultural issues surrounding global
media. It will begin by providing students with a conceptual
overview of key issues raised by the globalization of media,
including questions of the global culture industries, national or
local sovereignty, cultural identity, relations of gender and
sexuality, and audience behaviors and receptions.  As we interrogate
theories concerning how global and local forces interact in the
production of these issues, the first section of the class will
address screenings from around the world.

The second section of the course will then focus more specifically
on the dynamics of global media between North America and the Asia
Pacific – one intensified terrain of media exchange throughout the
20th and 21st centuries.  Topics will include satellite links
between North America and Japan, the distribution and reception of
Hollywood film, the travel of “Asian” genres, the roles of new
technologies, and receptions of popular culture such as animation.
Engagement with these topics will then help us come to grips with
the theories on media globalization introduced earlier in the course.

This is an introductory course that presumes no prior knowledge of
media studies, culture industries, globalization research, or the
dynamics between North American and Asia Pacific media industries.
It is hoped that by the end of the semester, students will have
developed familiarity with all of these areas.