AMG5400 - Global digital media: Issues in international and transnational communication - 2018

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Malaysia School of Arts and Social Sciences

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Joseph Goh


Ms Tan Jun-E

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)


APG4400, APG5400, AMG4400


This unit explores the intersection of digital media with issues of international and transnational communication. The increasing pace of globalisation in the 21st century is closely related to the centrality of communication for culture, and its relevance in terms of politics, trade, social and cultural change.

This unit will examine the continuities of digital media with, and divergences from, previous media and the role they play in the increasingly connected globe. Through developing around a distinction between international and transnational communication, it looks at the changing role of the nation-state with regards to media policy, international trade and politics, and contrasts this with discussions of community, diaspora, and intercultural communication.

Case studies from Southeast Asia and other regions will be used as source material, as a basis for discussion, as well as for further research.


Upon successful completion of the unit, students should be able to:

  1. Explain and demonstrate the implications of, and differences between, international and transnational communication;
  2. Explain and demonstrate the implications of, and differences between, digital and analogue media;
  3. Work in a team to plan and execute a project based on international communication;
  4. Use relevant theories and concepts to critically assess the place of digital media in the global context;
  5. Develop and execute academic research into historical, economic, and sociocultural aspects of global media.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 288 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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