Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


This course examines global issues in communication and media industries. Students will deepen their understanding of international media practice and theory and develop skills to assist them in working in a global environment. They will learn the role of media professionals in society. The course examines variations in media systems around the world including how social, cultural, political, economic and historical contexts influence and impact media practice.

Availability2022 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Compare the role and function of the media in Australia with media systems in other countries.

2. Analyse and discuss the cultural, historic, economic and political context of international media and communication.

3. Evaluate the practical implications of a globalised media and communication industry on media practice.

4. Construct a case to explain global media concepts and contexts.


Topics will include:

  • Theories used to evaluate, understand and direct change for the international media industries
  • Comparative case studies of international media systems
  • Infrastructure and technology
  • International legal and ethical contexts
  • The socio-cultural impact of international media including: cultural imperialism and transculturation; globalisation; and contraflow
  • The influence of new media technologies
  • Practical outcomes of international media influence relating to: the digital divide, and
  • The developing roles and job descriptions of contemporary media practitioners in a global-local milieu.

Assumed knowledge

60 units at 2000 level

Assessment items

Presentation: Group Presentation (25%)

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Country Case Study (35%)

Report: Report (40%)

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

Weeks 1-12


Face to Face On Campus 15 hour(s) per Term Full Term starting in week 2

1 hour(s) per Week for 7 Weeks Weeks 2-8 2 hours per week for 4 weeks Weeks 9-12

PSB Singapore


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

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