CMN 620W (01) - Global Media, Culture, and Power

Global Media, Culture, & Power

Credits: 4.0
Term: Fall 2023 - Full Term (08/28/2023 - 12/11/2023)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   20  
CRN: 16036
This 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 challenged worldwide? This course uses theory and examples from politics and popular culture to explore the construction of culture and cultural difference. It examines the political an economic consequences of mediated ideas of culture, including their relationship to race, nationalism, and transnational inequities. Completion of two CMN 500-level courses required prior to taking this course.
Section Comments: Non-majors: Please contact the professor about registering.
Instructor Approval Required. Contact Instructor for permission then register through Webcat.
Prerequisite(s): CMN 455 and CMN 456 and CMN 457
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
8/28/2023 12/11/2023 TR 3:40pm - 5:00pm HORT 115
Additional Course Details: 

Communication and transportation technologies connected the world as never before in the past century. As people and ideas move with increasing speed, how are traditional notions of culture being reinforced or broken down? How do ideas about culture create and justify inequalities between different nationalities, socioeconomic classes, and racial and religious groups? 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 ideas of culture and cultural difference from classical theories to contemporary ideas of global cosmopolitanism and hybridity. This course explores the political and economic consequences of mediated ideas of culture, including its relationship to race, class, and transnational inequities. We will examine how identity, social value, and inequality are constructed using ideas about culture and identify the new currency of cultural difference in global times.