Module Identifier TFM4530  
Academic Year 2006/2007  
Co-ordinator Ms Janet Jones  
Semester Intended for use in future years  
Next year offered N/A  
Next semester offered N/A  
Other staff Professor Thomas P O'Malley  
Pre-Requisite TFM0430 , TFM2230  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment 2,500 WORD DIAGNOSTIC ASSIGNMENT  30%
Semester Assessment 5,000 ESSAY  70%
Supplementary Assessment As above with a new essay question 

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:


Brief description

This module seeks to examine globalisation through a series of disparate yet central media case studies. The terms globalisation and convergence, around which this module is centered, have appeared with increasing frequency in media studies. The best way to examine the significance of these concepts is by studying specific texts through the viewpoints of media industries, media producers, media theorists and critics. From Big Brother to Indymedia, from Friends to Al Jazeera, we will critically examine how the media landscape is changing to adapt to the forces of globalisation and new technology while also examining the nature of cultural capital as it crosses borders and its effects on society.

Module Skills

Problem_solving This element is not directly asssessed, however students will be expected to deal with complex issues and make informed judgements in the absence of a complete data set. Evidence of originality in the application of knowledge and critical awareness will be expected  
Research skills The essays will reflect the studnet's ability to read widely around the issues. The research methodologies they chose to use will vary depending on the topic of investigation. They will have to apply their knowledge and understanding of research methods to make an informed judgement abiout which methodology will best suit their chosen subject.  
Communication Person to person communication and presentation skills will be actively developed in the seminars.  
Improving own Learning and Performance Students are expected to drive their own research projects and manage their time accordingly.  
Information Technology This element is not directly assessed although students will be required to make full use of the library facilities and venture further afield to source specialist library materials as appropriate.  
Application of Number This element will only be assesed if the student chooses a research methodology that involves quantitative data analysis.  

Reading Lists

BAILEY, Richard (1997) The BBC News and General Election Guide
BULMER, J and GUREVICH, M (eds) (1997) The Crisis of Public Communiation Routledge
BUTLER, D and KAVANAGH, D The British General Election of 1997
Bell D and Kennedy B (2000) The Cyberculturesder Routledge
CHROMSKY and HERMAN Manufacturing Consent
CURRAN J and GUREVICH, M (eds) Mass Media and Society
CURRAN, J and MYING-JIN PARK (2000) De-Westernising Media Studies Routledge
CURRAN. J and SEATON Power without responsibility
DAHLGREN, P Television and the Public Sphere:citizenship, democracy and the media in London
DAHLGREN, P and SPARKS, C (1991) Communication and Citizenship: Journalism and the public sphere in the new media age.
DOWMUNT, T (1993) Channels of Resistence BFI
Dowmunt T (1993) Channels of Resistence BFI
ELDRIDGE, J (1993) Getting the message: News truth and power
FRANKLIN, B (1994) Packaging Politics
Gauntlett, D (2000) Web Studies. Rewiring Media Studies for the Digital Age
HABERMAS, J (1996) The Structural transformation of the public sphere: an inquiry into a category of bourgeois society Cambridge poilty press
HART, R P Seducing America: TV Charms the Modern Voter
HARTLEY, J (1992) Tele-ology
HORRIE, C and CLARKE, S Fuzzy Monsters: Fear and loathing at the BBC
Habermas, J (1996) The Structural transformation of the public sphere:an inquiry into a category of bourgeois society
JONES, N (1997) Campaign 1997: How the general election was won and lost
KAVANAGH, D (1995) Election Campaigning: the new marketing of Poiltics
KERBEL, M R (1995) Remote and Controllel: media politics in a cynical age
Lee, CC (ed) (1990) Voices of China: The interplay of Politics andJournalism
MCCHESNEY, R W (1999) Rich Media, Poor Democracy:Communication Politcs in dubious times
MCNAIR, B Introduction to Political Communication
MCNAIR, B (2000) Journalism and Democracy: An evaluation of the Political Public Sphere
Mathijs E and Jones J (2004) Big Brother international; Format, critics ans Publics
McLuhan, M and Fiore Q (1967) The Medium is the Message
NEWMAN, B I (1999) The Mass Marketing of Politics: Democracy in an Age of Manufactured Images
O'MALLEY, T (1994) Closedown: The BBC and the Governbent Broadcasting Policy
POSTMAN, N (1986) Amusing ourselves to death - public discourse in the age of shouwbusiness
PRICE and MONROE, E (1995) Television: the public sphere and national identity in Oxford
ROBINSION, P (2002) The CNN effect - The myth of news foreign policy and intervention
ROSENBAUM, M (1997) From Soapbox to Soundbite
SEATON, J (1998) Politics and the mass media: Harlots and Perogatives at the turn of the Millenium
STREET, J (2001) Mass Media, Politics and Democracy
Thussu, D K and Freeedman, D (eds) (2003) War and the Media
Van Dijk, J (1999) The Network Society: Social Aspects of new Media
Winston, B (1998) Media Technologies and Society: A History from the telegraph to the Internet
Zelizer, B, Allan, S (2002) Journalism After September 11th London: Routledge


This module is at CQFW Level 7