This course explores how the mass media gather and disseminate news, entertainment and persuasive content around the world. It will examine key global cultural, economic, political and social issues as they interface with media institutions. Students will learn to think critically and globally about mass communication, becoming a more aware media consumer. More specifically, this course will cover changes occurring in international media; the impact of the growth of multinational media corporations; regional mass media systems; the role of international news in society; the meaning of freedom of the press; international news correspondents; ethical/professional challenges faced by journalists and other media professionals worldwide; and the role of international media in “developing” countries. Students will explore local media while visiting the ship’s ports, and they will be able to compare and contrast media across and within nation states. This course will help students understand international media issues and foster interest in cultures, events and issues in places far from their home countries.
Field WorkCountry: Italy
Day: 5 - Livorno - Friday, 30 September
Students will meet with, observe, learn about and volunteer to assist in developing communication strategies and tactics for a philanthropic organization in Florence (affiliated with other locales in Italy), focusing on marginalized individuals and groups in that city. Learning Objectives: 1. To better understand communication and mass communication in an international context 2. To gain interest in and appreciation for cultures, events and issues in cultural contexts other than one’s own 3. To understand and appreciate diverse perspectives on public media content and forms 4. To learn about the changes occurring in the media industry with regard to volunteer recruitment 5. To appreciate the challenges of covering topics, events, processes not covered adequately by establishment media 6. To facilitate in the creation of messaging across media platforms for a public communication campaign that recruits volunteers