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Course Description

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This course examines the role of communication in global development. Emphasis is on the application of interpersonal, intercultural communications and the mass media in the development process.

Note: This course can be taken individually or as a part of a certificate program.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:

  1. Describe the theoretical and practical roles of information, communication and media in international and global contexts;
  2. Outline the political, cultural and socio-economic forces that drive information, communication and media initiatives in the public (government and not-for-profit) and private sectors;
  3. Evaluate the key international institutions and polices that shape information, communication and media in the global environment;
  4. Analyze the impact of mass media on global issues such as poverty and economic crisis, environmental disasters and cultural diversity;
  5. Assess the role of communication for social change and development in today’s world in an analytical and critical manner;
  6. Describe the media and communication-related forces that influence personal and social interaction in today’s world; and
  7. Express an appreciation of the role of the media as a major moderator of national and international dialogue, discourse and development.

Course Topics

  • International Communications Infrastructure
  • New Media
  • Media Ownership and Globalization
  • Regional Perspectives
  • Global Advertising to Community Media

Additional Requirements

Prerequisite(s): 10.00 credits

Restriction(s): REXT*3060


Assessment Item Weight Learning Outcomes
Student Profile 5% 1
Written Assignment: Country Media Review 20% 1, 2
Quizzes (3) 15% 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Headline News Discussions (2 discussions) 20% 2, 3
Take-Home Final Exam 40% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Total 100%  


Applies Towards the Following Certificates

Technical Requirements

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Section Title
International Communication
January 09, 2023 to April 10, 2023
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Domestic Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $683.39 Click here to get more information
Available for Credit
0.5 units
Section Notes
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Section Materials
  • Textbook (Unconfirmed) (Mandatory) Global Communication: Theories, Stakeholders, and Trends by McPhail, Thomas L. © 2019 Wiley-Blackwell 5th edition ISBN Print: 978-1-119-52218-8 eBook: 978-1-119-52225-6
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