Communication Studies (CMNS) 402
Global Communication (Revision 3)
In this course students will engage critically with problems presented by the production, distribution, and consumption of global media products, and will develop an understanding of the social, political, and economic influences that shape global media systems.
We discuss both mainstream and alternative media of various countries in the broader context of international media flows. Case studies focus mainly on North and Latin America, but readings and assignments offer scope for exploring the media systems of other regions.
Course Learning Outcomes
CMNS 402 will develop students’ ability to
- describe the connection between media systems and economic and political structures in various types of societies, and the role of the mass media in the functioning of economic and political systems.
- explain the significance of regulatory frameworks of international communications.
- inform themselves about mainstream and alternative media networks.
- identify some of the main developmental directions of current information and communications systems.
- improve critical tools with which to analyze the complex interests involved in media systems.
Unit 1: Introduction to the Study of Global Media
- Part A: Defining Global Communication
- Part B: Critical Views: Media Flows and Transnationalization
Unit 2: Controlling Communications
- Part A: Organizations and Regulations
- Part B: Dependence and Sovereignty: Canada
Unit 3: Global Networks and Flows: America and the World
- Part A: Corporations and Conglomerations
- Part B: Beyond America: Developing Media Flows
Unit 4: Alternative Media Systems
- Part A: Democratic and Community Media
- Part B: Ethnic, Minority, and Special-Interest Media Production
Unit 5: Media in Latin America
- Part A: Latin Politics, Global Media
- Part B: Popular Culture, Transnationalization, and Identity
To receive credit for CMNS 402, students must complete all five of the assignments and achieve a course composite grade of at least D (50 percent). There is no final exam. The weighting of the assignments is as follows:
|Critical Response Essay||25%|
|Media Exploration—Case Study||20%|
To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.
McPhail, T. L., and Phipps, S. (2020). Global communication: Theories, stakeholders and trends (5th ed.). Wiley-Blackwell.
A print version of the eText may be available for purchase from the publisher through a direct-to-student link provided on the course website; you can also acquire the textbook on your own if you wish.
All of the other course materials are online.
Challenge for Credit Overview
The Challenge for Credit process allows you to demonstrate that you have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university-level course.
Full information about Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.
|Part I: Take home essay exam||40%|
|Part II: Paper exam||60%|
Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form
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