Fall 2019 - CMNS 857 G100

Selected Topics in Communication Studies (5)

Comp.Asian Media Systems

Class Number: 10597

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 3 – Dec 2, 2019: Fri, 9:30 a.m.–1:20 p.m.



Specialized graduate course offering on a topic related to the current research of school faculty or visiting professor.


Special Topics in CMNS:  Comparative Asian Media Systems

This course offers a basis for understanding different Asian media systems in concrete historical, political, cultural and socio-economic contexts. It introduces students to a range of epistemological and theoretical issues in studying media systems in a vast and extremely diverse region that is undergoing a period of rapid political, economic, social, and cultural transformation. It will provide both an overview of issues relating to different media systems, and case studies of media and politics in specific countries in the region.
Students will learn to respond to real Asian problems, identify the forces shaping the Asian information and entertainment systems, and master key conceptual frameworks drawn from the humanities and social sciences.


By the end of the course, students will be able to:  

·      Discuss the complexity and diversity of media systems in the region, and describe the media systems in a number of Asian countries.

·      Acquire a greater appreciation of the range of media/state relationships in Asia and develop an initial understanding of the relationship between Asian media, society, and culture.

·      Understand the complicated ways in which the media intersect with processes of political democratization and commercialization in different countries.


  • Attendance/Participation 10%
  • Leading a Seminar Discussion 20%
  • Mid-Term Exam (in-class) 35%
  • Final Paper 35%


Co-taught with CMNS 443-4 D100.



Jin, Dal Yong, New Korean Wave:  Transnational Cultural Power In the Age of Social Media.  University of Illinois Press, 2016.  ISBN: 9780252081477.
ISBN: ISBN: 9780252081477.

Other materials will be placed on Library Reserve and/or made available online.

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