MC411      Half Unit
Media and Globalization

This information is for the 2019/20 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Wendy Willems


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 media imperialism, global media production, cosmopolitanism, global representations, global consumption, and comparative research.


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

Formative coursework

All students are expected to complete advance reading, participate actively in seminar discussions, carry out 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:

Appadurai, A. (1996). Modernity at Large: Cultural Dimensions of Globalisation. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press.

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

Flew, T. (2018). Understanding Global Media. London: Red Globe Press;

Kraidy, M.M. (2018). Global Media Studies: A Critical Agenda. Journal of Communication 68: 337-346.

Lee, C.-C. (2015). Internationalizing ‘International Communication’. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press.

Miller, T. and M.M. Kraidy (2016). Global Media Studies. Cambridge: Polity Press;

Rantanen, T. (2004). The Media and Globalization. London: Sage;

Rantanen, T. (2019). Introduction. In: T. Rantanen and C. Jiménez-Martinez (eds), Globalization and the Media. London: Routledge.

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

Wilkins, K., Straubhaar, J. and S. Kumar (2013). Global Communication: New Agendas in Communication. London: Routledge.


Essay (100%, 3000 words) in the LT.


Student performance results

(2015/16 - 2017/18 combined)

Classification % of students
Distinction 18.2
Merit 61.4
Pass 17.3
Fail 3.2

Teachers' comment

There is no globalisation without media and communication and now there is no media and communication without globalisation.

Key facts

Department: Media & Communications

Total students 2018/19: 65

Average class size 2018/19: 13

Controlled access 2018/19: No

Value: Half Unit

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