Communication and Culture | Media in the Global Context
C202 | 29754 | Deboer, S.

TuTh, 4:00 PM-5:15 PM, C2 100
Required film screening: W, 7:15 PM-10:15 PM, Location: TBA

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

Instructor: Stephanie Deboer
Office: C2 251
Phone: 856-3708

What are the cultural implications of global media?  Is the global
travel of Hollywood films, Japanese anime, media events, or
television formats 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 explain
their dynamics in relation to specific moments or networks of

This course is an introduction to cultural debates surrounding media
in a global context. 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, global/local flows of media, cultural
identity and audience receptions, global media events, and new
technologies.  In so doing, the first section of the course 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 here will include exchanges in film
genres (such as kung fu or horror), anime traffic, and the
possibilities of mobile media. Engagement with these topics will
help us come to grips with how the theories on media globalization
introduced earlier in the course might work within a specific
geographic arena and in relation to specific mediums.

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.  It is hoped
that by the end of the semester, students will have developed
familiarity with all of these areas.

By the end of this course students will be able to:
	Understand recent debates surrounding the global
construction and travel of screen and mobile (film, TV, digital)
	Be attentive to how these debates might work differently for
particular media texts and screenings
	Reflect on your own position and place in relation to the
globalization of media
	Gain tools for interrogating a wide range of media in their
global contexts