Media and Intercultural Communications

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Media and Intercultural Communications

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Communication, Intercultural Communications, Media and Journalism, Media Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    18 MFCO or FIME points

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    A critical and theoretical study of contemporary issues related to inter-group relations and community, indigenous rights and global media, pornography and violence, gender and race.
    MFCO 212 offers a critical and theoretical study of contemporary issues related to media and intercultural communication. The paper will focus on issues such as globalization, racism, ethnicity, war on terror, media activism, and indigenous media, across various media platforms. The paper will introduce students to key concepts such as new exotica, biopower, necropower, orientalism, govermentality, postnational media and, media imperialism and situate them within larger social, political, historical and cultural currents to unpack media images and practices that play a central role in how we represent, make meanings, and communicate with others.

    Course Structure
    The course is structured into 6 modules:
    -Conceptual architecture
    -Media, empire, orientalism
    -Media, Foucault and relations of power
    -Media, war, terror
    -Media activism

    -Discussion starter and tutorial participation 10%
    -Essay One (1,000 words) 20%
    -Essay Two (2,000 words) 30%
    -Final Exam 40%

    Learning Outcomes
    -Articulate and critically engage with concepts involved in Media Studies
    -Effectively analyse a variety of texts: written, aural, visual, and theoretical,/li>
    -Develop a critical vocabulary for engaging with media culture through a close examination of various media examples
    -Achieve competence in oral and written skills in order to effectively communicate knowledge and understanding of the main issues raised by the course

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