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    Bringing together issues of theory and praxis, this paper concerns the impact of global media on politics, culture and everyday life as well as the organisation of global media, industrial and cultural practices in the information age. What is a media event? Who is in control of the media? How do the media shape culture and politics?

    We will examine the complex local, national and global relationships that have developed in response to world-wide processes.

    About this paper

    Paper title Culture, Politics, Policy and Global Media
    Subject Media, Film and Communication
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Not offered in 2024 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $981.75
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    18 200-level MFCO or FIME points
    FIME 303
    Schedule C
    Arts and Music
    Teaching staff

    Convenor and Lecturer: Associate Professor Hugh Slotten

    Paper Structure

    The paper is organised into three sections or modules:

    • The first module will focus on the flow of media products on a global scale. We will especially be interested in studying the problem of media imperialism
    • The second module will explore major issues connected with the problem of global media ownership
    • The third module will primarily analyse the Internet and global media policy


    • Tutorial participation 10%
    • Reading analysis essay 15%
    • Research essay 30%
    • Annotated bibliography 20%
    • Final exam 25%
    Teaching Arrangements
    Two lectures and one tutorial per week.

    Textbook to be advised.
    Course readings will be available on Blackboard.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Global perspective, Critical thinking, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete the paper will:

    • Discuss debates about the meaning and significance of globalisation
    • Gain a better appreciation of the flow of news, entertainment and information between different regions of the world
    • Appreciate the significance of transnational corporations and their political, cultural and social impact
    • Understand the policy-making agenda that shapes contemporary global media
    • Understand the impact of globalising forces in local contexts
    • Understand how different countries have participated in and/or resisted the globalisation of media production


    Not offered in 2024

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
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