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School of Human and Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage
Course unit
SUP3051391, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2019/20

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
IF0315, Degree course structure A.Y. 2015/16, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination INTERNATIONAL COMMUNICATION
Department of reference Department of Linguistic and Literary Studies
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English, Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge CLAUDIA PADOVANI SPS/04

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses SPS/04 Polticial Science 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 42 108.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2015 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
6 1920 01/10/2019 30/11/2020 PADOVANI CLAUDIA (Presidente)
ACCONCIA GIUSEPPE (Membro Effettivo)
5 1819 01/10/2018 30/11/2019 PADOVANI CLAUDIA (Presidente)
ACCONCIA GIUSEPPE (Membro Effettivo)

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.
Target skills and knowledge: Expected results: acquisition of elements to support critical analysis of contemporary communication realities, with a global outlook, and a special focus on the themes, problems and challenges posed by the developments of information and communication technologies. Moreover: acquisition of theoretical-analytical frameworks and methods for investigating different supra- and trans-national realities (organizations, initiatives) representatives of developments that characterize knowledge societies.
Expected cognitive results: better understanding of the nexus between domestic, regional and transnational communication processes; awareness of current debates conceding global communication and its social implication and impact; acquisition of a gender perspective through which communication processes can be understood.
Transversal competences will be acquired through interactive learnig, engagement with peers, group work, international exchanges: communication abilities, public speaking also in intercultural contexts, autonomous judgement; collaborative modes for the production of new knowledge; critical rethinking of knowledge development and sharing.
Examination methods: Integral components for the course evaluation are: Participation in class, also through collaborative work and group work; individual reading and writing assignments and video recording that assess students’ understanding and capacity to critically rethink the course contents. Design and elaboration and class presentation of group work activities, theme based with an international outlook. Active participation in the yearly themed ‘LAB’ and completion of related assignements, are core components of the final evaluation.
Assessment criteria: Evaluation will include the overall participation of students in class discussions and activities (20%); commitment to reading assigned materials and class activities, including through the elaboration of individual written assignments and short video recording (30%); commitment, autonomy and creativity in conducting themed group research work, through the elaboration of collective papers/posters and class presentation, making use of the knowledge and transversal competence acquired during the course (50%).
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 global context. It offers opportunities to master themes and developments that are relevant to understand contemporary realities and debates around communications, and operate as media professionals therein: a diachronic perspective on international debates around communication; the transnational structures of global news fro a political economy perspective; critical analyses of contents and languages – including visual – of international news.
The course will offer thematic foci on current issues in the global media agenda, also with the contribution of experts as guests. Such foci are announced at the beginning of the course.
A transversal theme is that of communication rightd: freedom of expression, freedom of association and participation, cultural rights, right to privacy.
The course also adopts a gender mainstreaming perspective: all themes and topics are dealt with in due consideration of their relevance and implication for gender equality.
The yearly thematic LAB will be focused on gender equality in the media, linking to a European project – AGEMI. Advancing good practices in media industries – the teacher is co-coordinating. The project offers a series of educational materials (video lectures and interactive activities) and a dataset of good practices in the field. Students will be involved in testing such materials, and will engage in international and intercultural exchanges with students from other international universities (UK, Sweden, Mexico, Australia depending on time and schedule of respective courses) through a collaborative ‘virtual exchange’ blended learning approach that involve the AGEMI Consortium and the Unesco Unitwin Network on Gender Media and ICT.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course adopts a very interactive and innovative methodology, which combines lectures with workshops, also with the contribution of external international experts. Individual learning activities are combined with class discussions starting from readings, video and other materials presented in class or proposed by students. Wide space is given to class discussion, valuing as much as possible the diverse geo-cultural and disciplinary background of students. Such international exchange can be further enriched through virtual exchange modes.
All this with the aim of meeting the cognitive objectives of the course, as well as to foster students’ transversal competences, such as: communication abilities, including public speaking also in intercultural contexts; autonomous judgement; collaborative modes for the production of new knowledge; critical rethinking of knowledge development and sharing.
Additional notes about suggested reading: A section in the Moodle platform is activated to integrate and support class activities: teaching materials, readings, references to web-based resources like archives and repositories, instructions for group work are all clearly organized and made available through the platform.
Course materials are chapters in volumes, articles and writings elaborated by wellknown scholars, so as to provide students with an understanding of ‘state of the art’ reflection of the themes addressed in class. Also, official Un or Unesco Reports are critically discussed. Study materials are mainly made available in English, while research activities may be conducted in different languages, reflecting students’ linguistic competence and cultural backgrounds.
Instructions about reading assignments and related activities and tasks are provided by the teacher in due time during the course.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Problem based learning
  • Case study
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Working in group
  • Action learning
  • Story telling
  • Concept maps
  • Flipped classroom
  • Peer feedback
  • Video shooting made by the teacher/the students
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)
  • Learning journal

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)
  • Kaltura (desktop video shooting, file loading on MyMedia Unipd)

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Quality Education Gender Equality Reduced Inequalities Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions Partnerships for the Goals