Course Description.
This course introduces students to the nuances of globalization and cultural performance through media structures. Students will do readings on a wide variety of topics that fall in the intersection between globalization and media and the ways in which they operate socially and culturally. The course focuses broadly on understanding—in both theoretical and practical ways—how and why global media function as they do and how they contribute to knowledge formation and social justice within various cultural contexts.

Course Objectives
By the end of the course, students will be able to:

• Define terms, concepts, and theories fundamental to the study of global media studies.

• Employ these terms, concepts, and theories in academic writing, class discussion, and class presentations.

• Write analytical/critical essays that show understanding of, engagement with, and thoughtful use of media studies vocabulary and concepts.

• Conduct research specific to media studies. The critical, argumentative, and written skills gained in this course are those required for upper-level courses as well as for other critical engagements with the world.

Required Texts
All texts are available at the bookstore. I've also included an Amazon.com link below the book title.

Required:
J. MacGregor Wise. Cultural Globalization: A User's Guide, 1st Edition (Wiley-Blackwell, 2008)
Amazon.com link.

Shani Orgad. Media Representation and the Global Imagination, 1st Edition (Polity, 2012)
Amazon.com link.

Recommended:
Lane Crothers. Globalization and American Popular Culture, 3rd Edition (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2012)
Amazon.com link.