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Media and Global Challenges

People

Hibberd M.

Course director

Zhang Z.

Course director

Description

Increased international integration and deepened interconnectedness following globalization have been transforming the media landscape and the world profoundly over recent decades. Globalization is everywhere and nowhere, in the sense that global events and processes can help both facilitate and hinder almost all human activities. This course outlines some of the main challenges- old and new- facing national and global communities within the digital media environment. The course seeks to inspire students' critical thinking on tangible measures or resolutions, at different levels, that can empower human activity in the global era. The module discusses six global challenges with connection to media and communication practices, namely:

  • Globalization and anti-globalization
  • Climate change and sustainability
  • Pandemic and crisis communication
  • War and mediated controversy
  • Emerging technology power and underestimated risks
  • Social-cultural polarization and multilateralism in transition

Objectives

This module aims at

  • Developing a critical understanding of globalization and digitalization of the world society in the context of deglobalization, fragmentation, and reconfiguration.
  • Investigating case studies from different countries and cultures (including emerging markets) to understand the different trajectories in facing the same challenges posed to international communication and strategic planning.
  • Leveraging strategies to address global communication and solutions to overcome the crisis.

Teaching mode

In presence

Learning methods

  • Lectures from the instructors are accompanied with powerpoint presentations.
  • Group projects & discussions, guided by the instructors

Examination information

The final grade will be composed of the results achieved by students:

  • One 2500-word essay (60%)
  • Group project presentation, 10-15 slides (30%)
  • In-class participation (60% minimum) (10%)

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