The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019

Course handbook


Examines the relationship between the media and the societies and cultures within which they exist, nationally, internationally and globally. It contributes to the student's scholarship by developing advanced writing and research skills and a critical understanding of the global context of international media including social, cultural, political and economic influences and impacts.

Availability2019 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2019

Learning outcomes

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

1. Examine the historic, geographic, economic and political context of international media.

2. Compare the role and function of the media in Australia with those in various other nations.

3. Examine the socio-cultural influence of international media.

4. Explore practical implications of international media in relation to new technology and global issues.


The course will examine the context of international media, including: history, markets, infrastructure, forces of change and development, theories used to evaluate, understand and direct change for international media studies, and comparative examples of media in various countries.

The course will use contemporary and historical events to examine the socio-cultural impact of international media including: cultural imperialism; globalisation; contraflow; and, the influence of new media technologies.

The course will explore practical outcomes of international media influence relating to: the digital divide, media morality, and developing roles and job descriptions of contemporary media practitioners. 

Assumed knowledge

60 units at 2000 level

Assessment items

Participation: Group Tutorial

Presentation: Group Presentation

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Country Case Study

Essay: Essay

Contact hours

Callaghan and PSB Singapore


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


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