Campus: PADOVA

Language: English

Teaching period: Second Semester


Number of ECTS credits allocated: 6

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge concerning the transformation, role and social implications of communication technologies; understanding of mechanisms that lead to policies and governing arrangements, including political participation; curiosity for the global dimension of communication phenomena; interest in research work, including group work, and critical discussions. Good knowledge of the English language; basic knowledge of a second foreign language.
Examination methods: Participation in class, also through collaborative work, alongside short written assignments, group work to produce a themed paper and oral class presentation of the same, are integral part of the course and will be considered in the final evaluation. Furthermore, active participation in the yearly themed ‘special workshops’ (depending on available resources) and completion of related assignements are core components of the final exam.
Course unit contents: The course provides an overview of global communications as a multidimensional field of study, as well as conceptual and methodological tools to conduct research and operate in the context of global communications. It offers opportunities to master historical developments that are relevant to understand the contemporary realities of global communications, and operate as media professionals therein: international debates and current initiatives around communication problems promoted by international agencies (such as the United Nations, Unesco, ITU, Un Women, European Union); the transnational structures, means and channels of global news; the content, frames and languages of global media policy, with a particular focus on Internet Governance, the actors involved, their role and interests.
The course adopts a gender mainstreaming perspective: all themes and topics are dealt with in due consideration of their relevance and implication for gender equality. Moreover, thematic seminars may be activated, dealing deal with current affairs in contemporary global media, in relation to on-going international research project, as well as in response to students’ interests. Such themed workshops are announced at the beginning of the course.