This Global Comparative Lens course explores questions of media ownership, content, flow, cultural values, political power and technological impact in relation to one of today’s most used but least understood terms: globalization. To do so, students survey industrialized, newly industrialized and developing countries and examine the interrelationship between “global culture” and local culture as related to global media systems. Particular emphasis will be placed on the media systems of the countries visited during the voyage. To deepen their understanding of these changing media landscapes and how they are related to broader historical processes, the course is grounded in key media theories such as cultural imperialism, development communication, flow and contra-flow, genre and format trading, cultural hybridity and others. Students will also examine new dynamics in media production and consumption as related to mobile technologies, the Internet and “legacy” media such as radio. Port of call field excursions provide opportunities to visit media institutions and/or citizen media organizations, with some opportunity to meet and learn from current practitioners in the field.
Field WorkCountry: Ghana
Day: 3 - Thursday, 31 March
The Tema (Accra) Field Lab is designed for Global Media students to familiarize themselves with the television and film industries in Ghana. The Department of Communication Studies at the University of Ghana will host us. Activities include a lecture on media in Ghana by one of the nation’s most prominent media scholars, a tour of the campus, a panel of prominent Ghana media makers and scholars, and a lunch at the university with the Univ. of Ghana’s communication studies students featuring Ghanaian cuisine. Through this field experience students will gain an understanding of the forces shaping Ghana’s contemporary mediascape, learn about the curriculum and resources that inform and shape media education in Ghana, as well as have an opportunity to interact with and learn from the perspectives of Ghanaian media professionals about the rapid growth and trajectory of the Ghanaian television and film industries.
1. Gain an understanding of the ideas and concerns that inform the curriculum of Ghana’s media programs as well as the facilities that students have access to
2. Provide an opportunity for Semester @ Sea students to interact with and learn directly Ghanaian media scholars and professional about the country’s television and film industry
3. Through student-to-student interactions, gain an understanding of how Ghanaian students view the interrelationship between global culture and local culture as related to today’s media