MC411      Half Unit
Media and Globalization

This information is for the 2015/16 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 events, Global media production, Global representations, Global consumption, Alternative globalisation theories.


10 hours of lectures and 10 hours of seminars in the MT.

6 hours of panel discussion in the MT.

Formative coursework

All students are expected to complete advance reading, prepare seminar presentations, prepare a mediagraphy, 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;

Eriksen, T. (2014) Globalization. London: Bloomsbury;

Hesmondhalgh, D (2012) The Cultural Industries. 3rd edition. London, Los Angeles and New Delhi: SAGE;

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;

Silverstone, R. (2007). Media and Morality. Cambridge: Polity Press;

Tomlinson, J. (1999). Globalisation and Culture. Cambridge: Polity Press;

Turow, J (2011) The Daily You. New Haven: Yale University Press. 


Essay (60%, 2000 words) in the LT.
Coursework (30%, 1000 words) and presentation (10%) in the MT.

Report (1,000 words, worth 30 %) and presentation (10 minutes, worth 10 %), to be prepared and given together with another student in MT. Essay (2,000 words, worth 60 %) to be submitted in LT week 1.

Student performance results

(2011/12 - 2013/14 combined)

Classification % of students
Distinction 17.8
Merit 61.6
Pass 20.5
Fail 0

Teachers' comment

There is no globalisation without media and communication.

Key facts

Department: Media & Communications

Total students 2014/15: 64

Average class size 2014/15: 16

Controlled access 2014/15: Yes

Lecture capture used 2014/15: Yes (MT)

Value: Half Unit

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