CCGL9011 Global Issues

Media in the Age of Globalization


Course Description

In this course, students will examine the role of an increasingly globalized and complex media ecosystem in shaping the global and local societies, as well as whether or not the growing access to information fosters knowledge sharing and citizen participation in public affairs and/or creates social problems like misinformation or polarization. The students will also explore if the media system really changes the power distribution in information flow, domestic information production, and dissemination or actually reinforce the imbalance. Does it amount to an individual’s emancipation or another form of exploitation? What is the role of the media in Hong Kong, China and the rest of the world? In a multipolar cultural world, how do citizens contribute to the conversation on local and global issues? The course will also reflect on critical values such as the freedom of expression, information, privacy, and transparency.

[This course is (re)designed as a “flipped classroom” mode. Students are required to prepare and complete pre-class activities (reading, videos, and research) before the class and participate the weekly in-class activities and the bi-weekly tutorials.]

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
Classroom sessions 24
Tutorials 5
Reading / Self-study (incl preparations for lectures and tutorials) 50
Assessment: Group debate 25
Assessment: Individual assignment 26
Total: 130

Assessment: 100% coursework

Assessment Tasks Weighting
Class participation 40
Group debate 30
Individual essay 30

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, book chapters, website references, and other teaching resources will be prepared using up-to-date sources for classes.


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