6 ECTS credits
150 h study time
Offer 1 with catalog number 4016225FNR for all students in the 2nd semester at a (F) Master - specialised level.
The content of the course has been developed around the following topics, approaches and questions:
- Historical contextualization and critical discussion. How has the field of (media and cultural) globalization developed historically? Is globalization new? What have been turning points in globalization’s development and in the globalization of media and culture? Are these developments positive / negative and for whom? Theories and concepts are put in their historical perspective.
- Pioneering and groundbreaking work in theorizing media, culture and globalization (e.g., Ang’s Watching Dallas; Appadurai’s scapes, …).
- Research traditions in media studies on media, culture and globalization (Political economy of communications; Cultural studies; Flow studies; Cultural Globalization, …).
- Fundamental concepts that will be contextualized, elaborated and evaluated on their strengths and weaknesses (e.g. globalization, glocalization, internationalization, multilevel governance, cultural imperialism, one-way and contra flows, cultural differentialism & convergence, hybridization & creolization, cultural diversity, etc.).
- Interdisciplinary approaches to media, culture and globalization, ranging from political sciences and International Relations over economics and law to anthropological approaches.
- Contemporary approaches in the field and relationship with research in terms of new media and society in Europe in economics and markets, regarding policy, and on users.
Practically, the course will consist of traditional classes, albeit that interactivity and discussion will be encouraged during these classes. In addition, texts on media, culture and globalization will be provided on the VUB learning platform Pointcarré. Students will be required to read compulsory reading materials before each class in order to grasp the contents of the classes more swiftly and to make debate easier and fruitful. Finally, students have to prepare an essay on a topic of choice related to the field of media, culture and globalization
This course contributes to the following learning resultats of the Master program ‘New Media and Society in Europe’:
The specific aims of this course are:
The final grade is composed based on the following categories:
Oral Exam determines 50% of the final mark.
Practical Exam determines 50% of the final mark.
Within the Oral Exam category, the following assignments need to be completed:
Within the Practical Exam category, the following assignments need to be completed:
The evaluation procedure in the first and second session is the same
This offer is part of the following study plans:
Master of Science in Educational Sciences: Standaard traject