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MFCO313 Culture, Politics, Policy and Global Media

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.

Paper title Culture, Politics, Policy and Global Media
Paper code MFCO313
Subject Media, Film and Communication
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $955.05
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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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

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Monday 16:00-16:50 28-34, 36-41
Wednesday 16:00-16:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T1 Wednesday 11:00-11:50 29-34, 36-41
T2 Wednesday 12:00-12:50 29-34, 36-41
T3 Wednesday 14:00-14:50 29-34, 36-41