Global Media and Communication

Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Course Code
CMNS 2200
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Method(s) Of Instruction
Course Designation
Certificate in Global Competency
Industry Designation
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
This course offers a comprehensive look at the trends and challenges in global media and communication. Students will learn how to use analytical tools to theorize globalization and its processes in the context of prominent historical events. Students will also focus on the shifting trends in the global media landscape in the news, film, and television industries.
Course Content

This course will cover selected key concepts from the following topics:

Globalization: Definitions and Debates

  • Theorizing Globalization
  • Global Transformations: Politics, Economics, and Culture

Perspectives in Global Media and Communication

  • Propaganda and Realism
  • The Cold War and Liberalism
  • The Global Communication Order and Critical Theory
  • Cultural Imperialism and Postcolonial Studies
  • Global Media and Hybrid Cultures
    • Cultural Influences from Around the Globe
    • Canada vs the US: A Struggle for Cultural Identity
  • Shifts in the Political, Economic and Cultural Landscape
Learning Activities

Some or all of the folowing methods will be used:

  • Lecture/seminar
  • Media (including video and documentary film)
  • Discussion of class readings and materials
  • Student-provided materials
Means of Assessment

Students will be assessed using a variety of evaluations, such as

Case Study – 20%

Midterm Exam – 30%

Research Paper – 30%

Research Paper Presentation – 10%

Attendance and Participation – 10%

Total - 100%

Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this course will

  1. Develop an understanding of the major trends and challenges in global media and communication
  2. Identify appropriate theoretical frameworks by which to assess global media
  3. Apply these communication theories to an analysis of the global communication order
  4. Evaluate critically changes in the communication order over time as competing global media influences emerge
  5. Situate the changing cultural landscape within a broader shift in global power relations
Textbook Materials

An instructor-compiled coursepack and a course textbook in current edition, such as one of the following:

Daya Thussu (Ed.), International Communication: A Reader

Daya Thussu, International Communication: Continuity and Change

David Held and Anthony McGrew (Eds.), The Global Transformations Reader: An Introduction to the Globalization Debate



CMNS 1220 Communication and Social Change


CMNS 1221 Introduction to Media and Communication Studies


No corequisite courses.


No equivalent courses.

Course Guidelines

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Course Transfers

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Institution Transfer Details for CMNS 2200
Alexander College (ALEX) ALEX ARTS 2XX (3)
Athabasca University (AU) AU CMNS 2XX (3)
Capilano University (CAPU) CAPU CMNS 2XX (3)
Coquitlam College (COQU) COQU CMNS 2XX (3)
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) KPU COMM 2XXX (3)
Langara College (LANG) LANG CMNS 2XXX (3)
Northern Lights College (NLC) NLC COMM 2XX (3)
Okanagan College (OC) OC CMNS 110 (3)
Simon Fraser University (SFU) SFU CMNS 2XX (3)
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU CMNS 2XXX (3)
Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU COMM 2XX (3)
University Canada West (UCW) UCW COMM 2XX (3)
University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) UBCO CULT 2nd (3)
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) UBCV ARTS 2nd (3)
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV MACS 2XX (3)
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC TS 200 (1.5)

Course Offerings

Fall 2023