Spring 2023 - CMNS 348 D100

Globalization and Media (4)

Class Number: 1119

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    HCC 1800, Vancouver

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 18, 2023
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    HCC 1900, Vancouver

  • Prerequisites:

    60 units including at least two of CMNS 210, 220, 221, 223 (or 223W), 230, 235, 240, or 253 (or 253W), with a minimum grade of C-.



Examines the dynamic global transformations in media, including print, broadcast, film, and digital media in a broad international and comparative context. Investigates globalization as a critical concept and considers media in the long history of globalization. Focuses on political, cultural, and technological issues addressed by media and globalization at the turn of the 21st Century. Students who have taken CMNS 387 with the subtitle "Globalization and Media" may not take this course for further credit.


This course examines global transformations in media (mainstream and alternative) in historical and contemporary terms. We begin the semester by interrogating globalization as a critical and intensely contested concept, and then proceed to explore how it has influenced a variety of media (print, broadcast, digital, film, and social media) in broad international and comparative contexts. During the semester, we will address a number of key political, economic, cultural and technological issues relative to globalization, such as: the new world information and communication order (NWICO) campaign of the 1970s, cultural imperialism vs. heterogeneity, contra-flow of media products, global governance/international agreements and the powers of the nation-state, the ‘clash’ vs. ‘dialogue’ of civilizations, global corporate media ownership, new media and citizen journalism, the world summit on the information society (WSIS), and civil society intervention in global media policies, among others.

The goal is to introduce students to core theoretical concepts, which they should apply critically to a broad range of contemporary media policies, practices, movements, and technologies, in different geographic regions of the world - North America, Europe, Africa, Latin America, Asia, the Middle-East, etc. - with a view to determining how they shape, and are shaped by, globalization.


  • Class Participation 10%
  • Presentation 20%
  • Midterm Exam (in class) 35%
  • Research Paper (3000-4000 words) 35%


Grading - Subject to change with notice.



Lechner, Frank, and John Boli, The Globalization Reader (5th edition). Wiley & Sons, 2014. [Paperback].
ISBN: 9781118733554


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