Charles A Giffard
POL S 329
Introduction to the history, purpose, channels, content, technologies, policy, and regulation of international communications systems. Issues covered include disparities in media development between post-industrial and developing nations, imbalances in international news and information flow, and the emergence of global communications. Offered: jointly with COM 322.
Description: This course is intended to introduce students to the history, purpose, channels, content, technologies, policy and regulation of international communications systems. Among issues it covers are comparative media systems, disparities in media development between post-industrial and developing nations; International media policy and regulation, and the emergence, through communications channels, of the global "information society."
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Texts: Hachten, The World News Prism. Additional readings will be assigned from Internet and library resources.
Class assignments and grading
Assignments: There will be a midterm and final examinations and a term paper.
Grading: Exams: 50% (Midterm 20%; Final 30%); Papers: 40%; Class/quiz participation: 10%.