MC411      Half Unit
Media and Globalization

This information is for the 2017/18 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Terhi Rantanen TW2.7.01.B


This course is compulsory on the MSc in Global Media and Communications (LSE and Fudan), MSc in Global Media and Communications (LSE and UCT) 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.

6 hours of panel discussion in the MT.

Formative coursework

All students are expected to complete advance reading, participate actively in seminar discussions, prepare a seminar presentation with a partner and submit one essay which includes a referencing exercise.

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 (80%, 3000 words) in the LT.
Presentation (20%) in the MT.

Single-authored essay (80%, 3000 words) in the LT.

Presentation (10 minutes, worth 20%), to be prepared and given together with another student in MT.


Student performance results

(2013/14 - 2015/16 combined)

Classification % of students
Distinction 19.4
Merit 52.7
Pass 26.4
Fail 1.5

Teachers' comment

There is no globalisation without media and communication.

Key facts

Department: Media & Communications

Total students 2016/17: 71

Average class size 2016/17: 13

Controlled access 2016/17: Yes

Lecture capture used 2016/17: Yes (MT)

Value: Half Unit

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