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Charles A Giffard
POL S 329
Seattle Campus

Global Communication

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.

Class description

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

Recommended preparation

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%.


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Last Update by Suman C. Chhabra
Date: 06/01/2005