Theories of Globalization and New Media

Module code: MS7083
Module coordinator: Dr Tracy Simmons

In this module you will explores the relationship between globalisation and new media from a cultural perspective. We will look in particular at the global expansion of capitalism, the shift from industrial to service and information economies and the significance of the ‘cultural’ as an expanding arena of production and consumption. We will examine the rise and spread of global media conglomerates, the diffusion of new technologies of communication and the manner in which old political, cultural and social boundaries, particularly those of the nation, are being challenged by new networks of an emerging global civil society and by transnational communities. We will investigate new forms of affiliation and solidarity and discuss whether multiple identifications will replace local forms of belonging.

Topics covered

  • Technology, global markets and the global division of labour
  • Cultural commodification, media production and consumption
  • The relationship between the local and global
  • The global city and networks
  • Resistance, new social movements and ICTS (information communication technology)
  • Transnational communities and the internet
  • Questions of identity and belonging, the self and the internet


  • 22 hours of lectures
  • 11 hours of seminars
  • 2 hours of practical classes and workshops
  • 4 hours of tutorials
  • 261 hours of guided independent study


  • Essay, 4,000 words (80%)
  • Critical reading exercise, 500 words (10%)
  • Attendance and participation in seminar discussion activities (10%)
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