MC416 Half Unit
Representation in the Age of Globalisation
This information is for the 2020/21 session.
Professor Shani Orgad
This course is available on the MSc in Global Media and Communications (LSE and Fudan), MSc in Global Media and Communications (LSE and UCT), 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.
In order to accommodate academic staff research leave and sabbaticals, and in order to maintain smaller seminar group sizes, this course is capped, meaning that there is a limit to the number of students who can be accepted. Whist we do our best to accommodate all requests, we cannot guarantee you a place on this course.
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 social media, our favourite television drama series, in advertisements, and films, or on the radio. 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 gender, suffering and migration - timely issues which are ever more urgent in contemporary public life. It examines how transformations in the contemporary media landscape, such as the expansion of social media platforms, the increasing commodification and global scope of communication, shape the ways in which public issues are framed, imaged, and constructed, the consequences this may have for the moral judgements people make and the possibilities for disrupting dominant narratives and imaginaries.
This course is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and a workshop totalling a minimum of 20 hours across Lent Term. This year, some or all of this teaching will be delivered through a combination of virtual classes and flipped-lectures delivered as online videos. This course includes a reading week in Week 6 of term.
All students are expected to complete advance reading, prepare seminar presentations, and submit one essay of 1,500 words.
- Amin, A. (2012). Land of Strangers, Polity.
- Bauman, Z. (2016). Strangers at Our Door, Polity.
- Hall, S. (1997) Representation: Cultural Representations and Signifying Practice, Sage; Macdonald, M. (2003) Exploring Media Discourse, Arnold.
- Orgad, S. (2012) 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.
Essay (100%, 3000 words) in the ST.
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Important information in response to COVID-19
Please note that during 2020/21 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the situation of students in attendance on campus and those studying online during the early part of the academic year. For assessment, this may involve changes to mode of delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.
Department: Media & Communications
Total students 2019/20: 47
Average class size 2019/20: 15
Controlled access 2019/20: Yes
Value: Half Unit
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