Screening the Global World: Cultural Diversity and Public Television Space

Universidad Pompeu Fabra

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Screening the Global World: Cultural Diversity and Public Television Space

  • Host University

    Universidad Pompeu Fabra

  • Location

    Barcelona, Spain

  • Area of Study

    Political Science, Radio/Television/Film, Sociology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    What is the role of TV in contemporary societies? How should television treat diversity? In the US the industrial TV model and private stations shape the social imaginary, but other countries chose the primacy of public television and the promotion of the citizen’s equality and integration when conforming their broadcasting models.

    This course focuses on global debates about mediated complex societies; specifically, it focuses on the global public television sphere as an agent in shaping the values of Diversity, Otherness, Genre and Racial debates as well as other social minorities issues from the perspective of “Quality Television”.

    In order to offer valuable insights and firm criteria for understanding this subject, the course will apply a variety of perspectives: Communication and Media Studies, Media Literacy, Cultural Studies, Discourse Analysis, Post-colonial theories, Cross-cultural studies, Sociology and Political Science.

    This course analyzes a variety of public television programs from all over the world, depicting cultural diversity, transcultural issues, and different social modalities of Otherness. The representation of foreign cultures, national minorities and immigration will be emphasized. Sexual diversity, treatment of disabled persons and the dichotomy totalitarian regimes/democracy will be introduced.

    Examples chosen from the UPF’s unique archives of international television festivals INPUT (1977-2016) will be screened in class.

    Students will become familiarized with the theoretical tools of constructive media analysis, and the competences of Media Literacy as well as patterns of creation of “quality television”.

Course Disclaimer

Please note that there are no beginning level Spanish courses offered in this program.

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.