CCGL9011 Global Issues

Media in the Age of Globalization


Course Description

In this course, students will examine the role of the globalized media in shaping perceptions of global and local realities, the extent to which the growing access to information from around the globe fosters information sharing and citizen participation in public affairs. The course will also consider the extent to which an increasingly globalized and fragmented media system impacts on power balances in information flow, domestic information production and dissemination. Does media globalization simply amount to the triumph of capitalist consumerism and the media values and institutions associated with the western model of economic and social development? What is the role of Hong Kong, China and Asia in providing their own narratives in the global media? In a multipolar cultural world, how could citizens contribute to the global conversation on local and global issues? The course will also reflect on critical media-related values such as the freedom of expression, privacy and transparency.

Course Learning Outcomes

On completing the course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate basic understanding of the global media system, in light of contending political, cultural and economic paradigms.
  2. Demonstrate basic understanding of the role of technology in the development of the global media system.
  3. Identify and demonstrate basic understanding of the mechanisms by which governments, and business interests influence the framing of news.
  4. Demonstrate basic understanding of the role of and impact of social media on the global dynamics of information flow and exchange.
  5. Demonstrate an awareness of the emergence of “new voices” in the global media.
  6. Demonstrate understanding of the issues of freedom of expression, privacy and transparency in relation to the global media.

Offer Semester and Day of Teaching

First semester (Wed)


Study Load

Activities Number of hours
Lectures 24
Tutorials 8
Reading / Self-study 44
News and documentary viewing 8
Assessment: Group debate 17
Assessment: Group research project 17
Assessment: In-class test (incl preparation) 12
Total: 130

Assessment: 100% coursework

Assessment Tasks Weighting
Class participation 12
Group debate 18
Group research project 45
Individual essay 25

Required Reading

No required textbook. Students are expected to read widely and stay up to date on current events and major developments of media and technology in Hong Kong, China, and globally. Selections from newspapers, magazines, business school case studies, website references, and other teaching resources will be prepared using up-to-date sources for classes.

Recommended Reading

  • Altschull, J. H. (1995). Agents of power: The media and public policy (2nd ed.). White Plains, NY: Longman Pub. USA.
  • Bennett, W. L. (2011). News: The politics of illusion (9th ed.). New York: Pearson/Longman.
  • Boyd, D., & Crawford, K. (2012). Critical questions for big data: Provocations for a cultural, technological, and scholarly phenomenon. Information, Communication & Society, 15(5), 662-679.
  • Chadwick, A. (2013). The hybrid media system: Politics and power. New York. Oxford University Press.
  • Chan, J. M., Lee, C. C., Pan, Z., & So, C. Y. K. (2002). Global media spectacle: News war over Hong Kong. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press.
  • Herman, E. S., & Chomsky, N. (2002). Manufacturing consent: The political economy of the mass media. New York: Pantheon Books.
  • MacKinnon, R. (2012). Consent of the networked: The world-wide struggle for Internet freedom. New York: Basic Books.
  • Poitras, L. C. (2014). Praxis Films. From https://citizenfourfilm.com
  • Rampton, S., & Stauber, J. C. (2003). Weapons of mass deception: The uses of propaganda in Bush’s war on Iraq. New York: Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin.
  • Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. (2017). Reuters Institute Digital News Report Oxford Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism.
  • Seib, P. (Ed.). (2012). Al Jazeera English: Global news in a changing world (1st ed.). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Tufekci, Z. (2017). Twitter and tear gas: The power and fragility of networked protest. Yale University Press.
  • Tumbler, H. (2008). Journalism: Critical concepts in media and cultural studies.  New York: Routledge.
  • Yang, G. (2009). The power of the Internet in China: Citizen activism online. Columbia University Press.

Recommended Websites


Course Co-ordinator and Teacher(s)

Course Co-ordinator Contact
Dr K.W. Fu
Journalism and Media Studies Centre, Faculty of Social Sciences
Tel: 3917 1643
Email: kwfu@hku.hk
Teacher(s) Contact
Dr K.W. Fu
Journalism and Media Studies Centre, Faculty of Social Sciences
Tel: 3917 1643
Email: kwfu@hku.hk