About & Syllabus

Please see the syllabus here.

  • WHEN: Meets every Monday, during Spring 2017.
  • FOR WHOM: Is one elective for the International Communication requirement at St. John’s University
  • WHAT: Is designed to give the students a solid background and understanding of the context of globalization, development, and global issues.  As a course of communication arts, this  course will specifically focus on the international media landscape, development communication, and the role of the media in global questions. The course will simultaneously discuss the micro-level issues and implications (related to the individual and personal); the meso-level questions (issues that directly concern media professional); and the macro-level matters (structural; broader social, political and economic, as well as cultural questions).
  • HOW: We will be reading a variety of texts, from scholarly historical accounts to media theorists’ views to newspaper articles to blogs; and screening both documentaries and fiction films. The variety of sources is designed to reflect the above three levels, as well as the overall richness – and complexity – of our topic.  We will put our knowledge into practice by become global specialists in the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations, and by designing a related local project according to the Human Centered Design scheme.


This course entails four segments:

  1. The Basics of Globalization and Development
  2. Core Global Issues – and The Media
  3. The Media as a Global Issue – Dimensions
  4. Synthesis – Future Trends


The first segment provides us with the context of global issues that are facilitated, and sometimes created, by international communication and the media. The second segment focuses on specific media structures and markets, technologies, audiences, as well as content and mediated cultures in our regions. It also looks at selected global challenges and their relationship to the media. The last two segments aims at bringing together the knowledge and practical explorations, to hone our professional global competence of holistic thinking, intercultural understanding, and technological skills.