Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitCommunications and Media Studies
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Professor Koichi Iwabuchi


Previously coded COM5009


This subject explores key issues arising from the rapid change, development and growth in international communications. It examines the impact of globalisation and shifts in production, distribution and consumption in international communications. Students will consider power and disadvantage; cultural flows and exchange; development communication; cross-cultural communication; international advertising and public relations; diasporic cultures; and legal and ethical issues in international communications. Examples will be drawn from many different countries, including case studies of communications and media in Asia, Europe, North America and the Middle East.


Upon completing this unit, students should:

  1. Have a sound understanding of globalisation as it affects communications and media industries;
  2. Be able to analyse global media and the policies which affect them;
  3. Be aware of the potentials and problems of cross-cultural communication and of the major theories which have been developed to explain them;
  4. Understand changing modes of reception by global audiences, together with the implications of these processes for national and personal identity;
  5. Be aware of the major legal and ethical challenges thrown up by the globalisation of communications and media;
  6. Demonstrate an enhanced ability to conduct independent research.


Essay (3500 words): 40%
Poster project: 30%
Research project (2000 words): 30%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

2 hour seminar per week