MC411      Half Unit
Media and Globalisation

This information is for the 2023/24 session.

Teacher responsible

Professor Terhi Rantanen


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 media, communications and technology in processes of globalisation by introducing the relevant literature, by examining various theories of globalisation and by exploring some of the key debates related to media, communication and globalisation. Topics taught include nationalism, the ‘dewesternisation’ and ‘decolonisation’ of knowledge production, comparative research, media imperialism, cosmopolitanism and racism.


This course is delivered through a combination of lectures and seminars totalling a minimum of 25 hours across Autumn Term. This course includes a reading week in Week 6 of term.

Formative coursework

All students are expected to complete advance reading, participate actively in seminar discussions, carry out seminar presentations and submit one essay of 1500 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.
  • Carlson, B. and Berglund, J. (2021). Indigenous Peoples Rise Up: The Global Ascendency of Social Media Activism, Ithaca, New York:  Rutgers University Press,
  • Eriksen, T. (2014) Globalization. London: Bloomsbury.
  • Dimitrova, D. V. (Ed.).  (2021). Global journalism:  Understanding world media systems. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield.
  • Flew, T. (2018). Understanding Global Media. London: Red Globe Press.Dunn, H. S., Moyo, D., Lesitaokana, W. O., & Barnabas, S. B. (Eds.). (2021). Re-imagining communication in Africa and the Caribbean : Global south issues in media, culture and technology. New York; Springer International Publishing AG.
  • 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.
  • Osman, W. (2020). Television and the Afghan Culture Wars: Brought to You by Foreigners, Warlords, and Activists. Urbana: University of Illinois 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.
  • Sklair, L. (2020). The Anthropocene in Global Media: Neutralizing the Risk. Milton: Taylor and Francis.
  • Tomlinson, J. (1999). Globalisation and Culture. Cambridge: Polity Press.
  • Sun, H. (2020). Global Social Media Design: Bridging Differences Across Cultures, Human New York: Oxford Academic.


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


Key facts

Department: Media and Communications

Total students 2022/23: 89

Average class size 2022/23: 15

Controlled access 2022/23: Yes

Lecture capture used 2022/23: Yes (MT)

Value: Half Unit

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