MC407 Half Unit
International Media and The Global South
This information is for the 2013/14 session.
Dr Shakuntala Banaji STC. S103
This course is available on the MSc in Global Media and Communications (LSE and Fudan), MSc in Global Media and Communications (LSE and USC), MSc in Media and Communications, MSc in Media and Communications (Media and Communications Governance), MSc in Media and Communications (Research), MSc in Media, Communication and Development and MSc in Politics and Communication. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.
This course challenges students to raise questions about the power and role of international media - including media originating in the global south - in shaping global discourses about development, citizens and the global south. Building on empirical examples, the lectures aim to demonstrate that the reporting and discussion of poverty, disasters, underdevelopment and development by international media organizations has implications, not only for the way the global south and its diverse populations are imagined and represented, but also for the arena of international and national policy and politics. From different theoretical perspectives, the course critically investigates key questions concerning the role of international, national and NGO media in development, including the failure of the dominant modernization paradigm to 'pass away'. The course offers insight into how to approach the study of media constructions, discourses and representations of, and about, the global south and its citizens. The objectives are to: (a) Introduce debates about how media power shapes international development discourses and political realities for citizens in the global south; (b) Link dominant development theories to the paradigms of mediated NGO development interventions; (c) Provide a postcolonial critique of the study of representations of poverty, development, participation and the global south; (d) Critically assess aspects of the political economy of international media production within the contexts in which both local media groups and NGOs research, package and produce information about international development, especially in and about the global south and (e) Investigate whether and in what ways new and mobile technologies, and small and participatory media formats enable alternative voices and critical frameworks from the global south to be heard. The course is organized into three sections: 1) a historical and theoretical overview of international media, development and the global south locating the debate(s) around development and communication within postcolonial and other critical frameworks, 2) Critical perspectives, drawn selectively from studies of development theory, political economy and cultural studies and pertaining to identity, ideology, representation, regulatory frameworks, good governance and democracy and 3) Cases and practices in reporting development, poverty, inequality and humanitarian issues. Cross-cutting themes will include a consideration of gender, NGO communications, ethnic and social conflict, tourism campaigns, social media and ICTs in the context of international media and change in the global south.
10 hours of lectures and 10 hours of seminars in the LT.
All students are expected to complete advance reading, prepare seminar presentations, and submit one essay of 1,500 words.
Abbas, M. A. and J. N. Erni (2004) (eds.) Internationalizing Cultural Studies: an Anthology. Oxford: Blackwell; Banaji, S. (Ed.). South Asian Media Cultures: Audiences, Representations, Contexts. London and New York: Anthem Press; Baaz, M. E. (2005) The Paternalism of Partnership: A Postcolonial Reading of Identity and Development Aid London and New York, Zed Books; Eisenstein, Z. (2004) Against Empire. London, New York: Zed Press; Hall, S (ed.) (1997) Representation: Cultural Representations and Signifying Practices, Thousand Oaks CA: Sage Publications; Hayter, T. (1990) The Creation of World Poverty. London: Pluto Press. Hemer, O. and Tufte, T. (eds) (2005) Media and Global Change: Rethinking Communication for Development, Clacso and NORDICOM; Independent Commission for the Study of Communication Problems (ICSCP) (1980/2004) Many Voices, One World: Communication and Society, Today and Tomorrow; Towards a New More Just and More Efficient World Information and Communication Order. (MacBride Report) London, New York and Paris: Kogan Page and UNESCO. Lerner, D., and Schramm, W. (1967) Communication and Change in the Developing Countries. Honolulu: East-West Center Press; Matos, C. (2012) Media and Politics in Latin America: globalisation, democracy and identity. New York: I.B. Tauris; Mody, B. (ed) (2003) International and Development Communication: A 21st Century Perspective. 2nd Edition. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage; Said, E. (1979) Orientalism. New York: Vintage; Schramm, W. (1964). Mass Media in National Development. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press; Servaes, J (ed.) (2008) Communication for Development and Social Change. New Delhi: Sage; Mignolo, W. (2012). The Darker Side of Western Modernity: Global Futures, Decolonial Options. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
Essay (100%, 3000 words) in the ST.
To be submitted in week 2 of the Summer Term.
Department: Media & Communications
Total students 2012/13: 47
Average class size 2012/13: 16
Value: Half Unit
Personal development skills
- Team working
- Problem solving