CMN 696W (03) - Seminar in Media Studies

Sem/Comn Global Cultures

Credits: 4.0
Term: Fall 2021 - Full Term (08/30/2021 - 12/13/2021)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   20  
CRN: 13715
Variable topics in media research, theory, and practice. May be repeated for different topics. Topic descriptions available in department office during preregistration. Prereq: CMN 455, CMN 456, CMN 457 and two 500-level courses, or permission.
Section Comments: Full Title: Communicating Global Cultures
You must sign up in the Dept Office before registering through WEBCAT.
Repeat Rule: May be repeated up to 1 times.
Equivalent(s): CMN 696
Only listed campus in section: Durham
Classes not allowed in section: Freshman
Only listed majors in section: CMN:BUSAPPL, CMN:MEDIA, COMMUNICATION
Attributes: Writing Intensive Course
Instructors: Kate Zambon

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
8/30/2021 12/13/2021 MW 2:10pm - 3:30pm HORT 115
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Course Description: In the past century, communication and transportation technologies connected the world as never before. As people and ideas move with increasing ease, how are traditional notions of culture being reinforced or broken down? How do ideas about culture make inequalities appear between different nationalities, socioeconomic classes, and racial and religious groups appear natural and inevitable? How can we distinguish between mutually beneficial cultural exchange and exploitative forms of appropriation? This course uses theory and contemporary case studies from news, social media, and popular culture to shed light on the construction of culture and cultural difference from classical theories to contemporary ideas of global cosmopolitanism and hybridity. This course does not provide a definitive definition of what culture is, but rather explores the political and economic entailments of mediated ideas of culture, including its relationship to race, class, and transnational inequities. Indeed, one of the first goals of the class is to question the existence of the discrete social units that we commonly call “cultures.”  We will look at how social value and inequality are constructed using ideas about culture and identify the new currency of cultural difference in global times.