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GTS4 Media and Globalization (lectures) 5 ECTS
Periods
Period I Period II Period II Period IV
Language of instruction
English
Type or level of studies
Advanced studies
Course unit descriptions in the curriculum
Master's Degree Programme in Global and Transnational Sociology
School of Social Sciences and Humanities

Learning outcomes

After completing the course, students will have a deep understanding of the core theories on the role of the media in global societal change. They have acquired the basis for making sense of how the media play a role in the processes in which national policies take their form, and aware of how both the traditional news media and social media affect domestic policies.

General description

The course provides students with the basis for making sense of how the media play a role in the process in which national policies take their form. The aim of the lectures is to introduce students to the core research literature on the theme. The course departs from the idea that the media is one of the central actors through which national actors become aware of far-away events and through which these events become integrated with domestic policy discourses. However, this process is more complex than that. On one hand, the journalists are central players in it as they decide what is topical or newsworthy for domestic audiences. They also frame the events so that they make good sense to domestic addressees. On the other hand, in domestic contexts there are many other actors that aim to influence the public understanding of the reported events. These actors bring far-way events into their political argumentation in their attempts to advance their own political interests and desires. Interpretations that appear widely convincing are typically taken up and reported by the media.

Starting from these premises, the course suggests, the media serve not merely as an arena through which far-away events are introduced to local audiences. If anything, the media can be seen as a political arena in which different accounts of the reported events meet thus constructing public understanding of these events. Sooner or later, these understandings convert into domestic policy decisions and practices.  

The course approaches the above phenomenon especially from the perspective of the traditional news media institution, i.e. of how the national media serve as a forum through which foreign news events are incorporated into domestic policy discourses. Additionally, the course discusses the role of social media in processes in which far-way news events are brought into local political argumentation, thus affecting domestic policies.

Enrolment for University Studies

Enrolment time has expired

Teachers

Marjaana Rautalin, Teacher responsible
Marjaana.Rautalin[ät]uta.fi

Teaching

12-Jan-2016 – 22-Mar-2016
Lectures 18 hours
Tue 12-Jan-2016 - 22-Mar-2016 weekly at 12-14, Linna 5014, No lecture on the following days: 19.1.2016, 1.3.2016
Seminar 18 hours

Evaluation

Numeric 1-5.

Further information

Students of the MDP in Global and Trasnational Studies must complete lectures + seminar 10 ECTS.

Other students: it is possible to participate only to the lecture part of the course: lectures + essay 5 ECTS.

Lectures: Max 30 students.

Seminar: Max. 16 students.

Please note that you must enroll separately for the lectures and the seminar.

Students will be accepted to the course in the following order:

1. degree students of the MDP Global and Transnational Studies

2. degree students of the other Global Society programmes (MDP in in Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research, MDP in Quantitative Social Research, MDP in Comparative Social Policy and Welfare)

3. other degree students of UTA

4. exchange students