MEDC 5360: International Communications
This course focuses on the history, issues, and future of international communication. The class considers individual media systems, including different understandings of the role of the media, freedom of the press and information in different areas of the world, parity between distribution of news and the shaping of the public mind, international stereotyping, and international propaganda. The course also examines the relationship between national and global media systems and the role of international communications in the development of the new world order.
MEDC 5000: Media Communications
Incoming CompetenciesStudents are expected to perform graduate level work, including writing and basic research. Also, as for all Internet courses, students must be disciplined and self-motivated.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Identify and describe the essential concepts of international communications including the history, evolution, and major theories of current media systems;
- Demonstrate how culture and history shape national media systems and the impact of national and international media systems on social and cultural change;
- Explain the range of media systems around the world; the basic principles of each, and the differences among the various systems;
- Analyze the various relationships between media and government under different social, economic, regulatory and political conditions;
- Understand and explain how current issues such as technology growth and globalization will affect international communications in the future.
- Understand and master writing skills necessary for preparation of written analysis, reports and case studies including English grammar, punctuation, sentence construction, word choice and syntax.
Required Textbooks and Course Materials
Please go to MBS Direct to find the appropriate textbooks and other materials for this course.
Please be aware when purchasing your textbooks that the International versions of the text may differ from the Domestic (North American) version required for your course.
- Weekly news analysis
- Group project
- Individual paper
- Weekly readings
University Policy Statements
This course is governed by the University's policies, as published in the University catalog. They can also be found online at http://www.webster.edu/gradcatalog/policies.shtml.
Any student caught cheating or committing plagiarism may fail the class and be subject to further disciplinary action.
This syllabus may be revised at the discretion of the instructor without the prior notification or consent of the student.