MC416 Half Unit
Representation in the Age of Globalisation
This information is for the 2013/14 session.
Dr Shani Orgad STC. S110
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 and MSc in Media and Communications (Research). This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.
Priority access will be given to students on MSc Global Media and Communications (with Fudan or USC).
Images and stories circulated in the media play a central role in informing how we imagine the world, others and ourselves. We become increasingly dependent, often exclusively, on what we see, read and hear in the news, on our favourite television drama series, in advertisements, on the radio, and over the Internet. This course focuses on the way media representations are implicated in the exercise of power over how we think and feel through the construction of meaning. It explores the opportunities that media representations present for the creation of a global and interconnected space, which enables the people living in it to conduct their social, cultural, political and economic lives in positive, just and inclusive ways. At the same time, the course discusses some of the critical challenges, limits and threats those visual and textual representations present. The discussion focuses on the representation of the Other and the production of difference, the representation of suffering, migration war and conflict, timely issues whose centrality is ever more vivid. It examines how transformations in the contemporary media landscape, such as the expansion of new media, the increasing commodification and the increasing global scope of communication, shape the ways in which public issues are framed, imaged, and constructed, and what consequences this may have for the moral judgements people make and the actions they take.
11 hours of lectures and 9 hours of seminars in the MT.
All students are expected to complete advance reading, prepare seminar presentations, and submit one essay of 1,500 words.
Boltanski, L. (1999) Distant Suffering: Morality, Media and Politics, Cambridge University Press; Chouliaraki, L. (2006) The Spectatorship of Suffering, Sage; OUP. Hall, S. (1997) Representation: Cultural Representations and Signifying Practice, Sage; Macdonald, M. (2003) Exploring Media Discourse, Arnold; Moeller, S. D. (1999) Compassion Fatigue, Routledge; Orgad, S. Media Representation and the Global Imagination, Cambridge: Polity; Pickering, M. (2001). Stereotyping: The Politics of Representation, Palgrave; Said, E. (1985) Orientalism, Penguin; Silverstone, R. (2007) Media and Morality: On the Rise of the Mediapolis, Polity. Orgad, S. (2012) Media Representation and the Global Imagination, Cambridge:
Essay (100%, 3000 words) in the LT.
To be submitted in week 2 of Lent Term.
Department: Media & Communications
Total students 2012/13: 28
Average class size 2012/13: 10
Value: Half Unit
Personal development skills
- Team working
- Specialist skills