Fall 2023 - CMNS 315 D100

Topics in Media, Difference, and Intersectional Identities (4)

Globalization & Media

Class Number: 4471

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 8:30 AM – 11:20 AM  2023-09-06  2023-10-06
    HCC 1425, Vancouver

    Tu 8:30 AM – 11:20 AM  2023-10-11  2023-12-05
    HCC 1425, Vancouver

  • Prerequisites:

    17 CMNS units with a minimum grade of C- or 45 units with a minimum CGPA of 2.00.



Focus on how media play a role in the representation, construction, and circulation of difference and identities by drawing from feminist theories, cultural studies and/or political economy to critique dominant conceptions. Topics may include how difference and identities intersect with: gaming, film, and technology. This course can be repeated once for credit (up to a maximum of two times).


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, social media, platform technologies) 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 information society (WSIS), 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.


  • Attendance/participation 10%
  • Mid-Term Exam 30%
  • Presentation 20%
  • Final Essay 40%



Dal Yong Jin (2020). Globalization and Media in the Digital Platform Age. Routledge.

Lechner, Frank, and John Boil (2015). The Globalization Reader(TGR). Blackwell. We will use some chapters from this book, and do not need to buy this textbook.

Other materials will be found on Canvas.


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Registrar Notes:


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