MC411      Half Unit
Media and Globalization

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Terhi Rantanen STC. S106


This course is compulsory on the MSc in Global Media and Communications (LSE and Fudan) and MSc in Global Media and Communications (LSE and USC). This course is not available as an outside option.

Course content

The aim of this course is to explore and demonstrate the role of the media and communications in the processes of globalisation by introducing the relevant literature, by examining various theories of globalisation and by identifying their relevance in understanding the media. Topics taught include: Globalisation theories, Media imperialism, Global generations, Global media production, Global representations, Global consumption, Alternative globalisation theories.


10 hours of lectures and 10 hours of seminars in the MT. 1 hour of lectures in the ST.

Formative coursework

All students are expected to complete advance reading, prepare seminar presentations, and submit one essay of 1,500 words.

Indicative reading

A reading list will be provided for each topic. General works relevant to the course include: Balnaves, M. et al (2009) Media Theories and Approaches: A Global Perspective. London: Palgrave: MacMillan; Miller, T. (et al.) (2005). Global Hollywood 2. London: BFI Publishing; Pickering, M. (2001). Stereotyping: The Politics of Representation. Basingstoke: Palgrave; Rantanen, T. (2004). The Media and Globalization. London: Sage; Said, E. (1985). Orientalism. London: Penguin; Tomlinson, J. (1999). Globalisation and Culture. Cambridge: Polity Press; Silverstone, R. (2007). Media and Morality. Cambridge: Polity Press; Turow, J. (2006). Niche Envy, Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press.


Exam (100%, duration: 2 hours) in the main exam period.

Two questions to be answered from a choice of five.

Teachers' comment

There is no globalisation without media and communication.

Key facts

Department: Media & Communications

Total students 2012/13: 61

Average class size 2012/13: 15

Value: Half Unit

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