CULT 390: Topics in Cultural Studies

CULT 390-001: Globalized Media & Inequality
(Fall 2022)

04:30 PM to 07:10 PM T

Horizon Hall 4000

Section Information for Fall 2022

CULT 390 - 001: Globalized Media & Inequality

This course borrows from Arjun Appadurai’s conceptual model of contemporary “mediascapes” as global cultural flows.i Three case studies of hemispheric and global flows of media – film, television and popular music -- serve as a framing device for investigating both the power relationships that condition contemporary global media production and distribution and the “imagined worlds” these media offer to audiences in national, hemispheric and  global contexts. A key feature in the course is our study of the relationship of globalized media to global inequalities. How has the rise of media regulatory power, IP regimes, surveillance, content delivery control and encroachment into public sectors like education diminished equal access to information and the cultural commons? How have media monopolies and IP limited everyday people’s participation in the creation and distribution of content and their democratic engagement with media power arrangements? And how are First Nation, rural and other marginalized communities fighting back for media access, content creation and distribution?

Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 1-3

Topics of current interest in interdisciplinary cultural studies, covering such fields as media, popular culture, political economy, social identities, or regions in globalization. Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 9 credits.
Specialized Designation: Topic Varies
Schedule Type: Lec/Sem #1, Lec/Sem #2, Lec/Sem #3, Lec/Sem #4, Lec/Sem #5, Lec/Sem #6, Lec/Sem #7, Lec/Sem #8, Lec/Sem #9, Lecture, Sem/Lec #10, Sem/Lec #11, Sem/Lec #12, Sem/Lec #13, Sem/Lec #14, Sem/Lec #15, Sem/Lec #16, Sem/Lec #17, Sem/Lec #18
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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