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Robert G. Moser, Chair BAT 2.116, Mailcode A1800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-5121

Fall 2004

GOV 360N • Media in International Politics - W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
37379 MWF
1:00 PM-2:00 PM
PHR 2.114
Frensley

Course Description

Course number may be repeated for credit when topics vary. Course contains a substantial writing component and fulfills part of the basic education requirement in writing. Much, if not most of what we know about the world, comes from the media, making it a key, if understudied, actor in international relations. Many political outcomes in international relations are the result of communication: images about ourselves and others and how and what we communicate to others. In this course we approach understanding the media and communication in the international arena from several different viewpoints. First, you will learn about how the media shape our understandings, viewpoints, and stereotypes of international politics. Second, we will examine how the US media cover international news, paying particular attention to its scope and how it privileges certain identity constructions and ideology. Third, we will turn our attentions to the routinization of newsgathering practices and why the media regard certain types of international events but not others as newsworthy. Fourth, we will examine the effects of the media on the Russian democratic transition and the Middle East conflicts. Finally, we conclude by considering the implications of the Internet on global civil society. As a significant writing component course, students will carry out, under the instructor's guidance, structured research to produce their own empirical findings on the media's role in international politics.

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