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Global Media and Communication

Course Code: CMNS 2200
Faculty: Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Department: Communications
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture, Seminar, Online, Hybrid
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

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

Methods of Instruction

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

course prerequisites

CMNS 1220 Communication and Social Change


CMNS 1221 Introduction to Media and Communication Studies


CMNS 1223 New Media and Society





curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.