This seminar focuses on the major theories of international communication, paying closest attention to “global” media technologies, institutions, and practices.
Questions that we will explore:
- How do we define the “nation,” vs. the “international” vs. the “transnational?” How have scholars historically defined those terms, and how have the definitions changed in the 21st century?
- What role has propaganda played in international communication, and how have theorists defined propaganda?
- How have theorists addressed the concepts of international “modernization” and “development?”
- Can any form of communication ever be truly “global?” What is the history of the term, “global,” and what are some scholarly critiques of that concept?
- How have media technologies been implicated in/helped to sustain processes of globalization? How have they disrupted this process?
- How have international communications scholars discussed the question of social identity (eg., race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality)? How do these modes of identification become even more complicated when communities or individuals cross geopolitical borders (either voluntarily or under duress)?
Journalism 822: Theories of International Communication
About the Instructor
Lindsay Palmer is an assistant professor of global media ethics in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.