JOUR 4201/5201


Spring 2005

Tuesday & Thursday, 9:30-10:45

HLMS 251





Andrew Calabrese, Ph.D.               

103A Armory   

Phone:  492-5374             







Three Individual Writing Assignments (30%)

Group Project (30%)

Final Paper (30%)

Participation (10%)

Attendance is required.




This course surveys the major themes in theory and research about the political, economic, and cultural impact of international mass communication.  The lectures, audiovisual presentations, discussions, and assignments will provide illustrations, explanations, and critical analyses of: 


1.        the role of communications media in the early emergence of nationalism and nation states, and the continued role of media systems in nation building;


2.        the significance of the forces and relations of global political and economic transformations for the media systems of individual nation states and for transnational communications, including technological and industrial convergence, and new patterns of ownership and control;


3.        efforts by social movements (e.g., environmental, feminist, peace, civil rights, labor, ethnic, religious) to influence and/or bypass national and transnational media systems in their efforts to bring about social change through the use of communications media;


4.        efforts by governmental and nongovernmental organizations to institute systems of governance and principles of democratic communication on a transnational scale


5.        the commonly applied concepts and terms used in discussions about international communication, including “development,” “modernization,” “dependency,” “colonialism,” “post-colonialism,” “cultural imperialism,” “nationalism,” “cosmopolitanism,” and “globalization”;


6.        the unique role of the United States in the global media system, particularly in terms of the power and responsibilities of, and limits to, American global media influence; and


7.        case studies about local, national, regional and global media systems, both public and private.


In addition to these course-specific objectives, this course will generally promote student understanding of the history and role of professionals and institutions in shaping communications, and understanding of the diversity of groups in American society and in a global society in relationship to communication.


Disabilities: If you qualify for accommodations because of a disability, please submit to me a letter from Disability Services (DS) early in the semester so that your needs may be addressed.  DS determines accommodations based on documented disabilities (303-492-8671, Willard 322).

Religious observance: If you have a religious obligation that conflicts with a particular date of classroom attendance, or with meeting an assignment deadline, please notify me two weeks prior to the date so that we may consider possible solutions to the conflict.

Classroom behavior: As a result of extensive discussions with and recommendations from faculty and students, the University has a new classroom behavior policy.  Please consult the policy at:  (

Honor code: According to the university’s honor code, students must neither give nor receive unauthorized assistance on the work they do. You are responsible for knowing and adhering to this code. The honor code is available at: ( Please pay particular attention to the definitions of various forms of academic dishonesty so that you may be certain that you are not in violation of the code.

Sexual harassment: The university’s policy on sexual harassment applies to all students, staff and faculty.  Sexual harassment is unwelcome sexual attention.  It can involve intimidation, threats, coercion, or promises or create an environment that is hostile or offensive. Harassment may occur between members of the same or opposite gender and between any combination of members in the campus community: students, faculty, staff, and administrators. Harassment can occur anywhere on campus, including the classroom, the workplace, or a residence hall.  Any student, staff or faculty member who believes s/he has been sexually harassed should contact the Office of Sexual Harassment (OSH) at 303-492-2127 or the Office of Judicial Affairs at 303-492-5550.  Information about the OSH and the campus resources available to assist individuals who believe they have been sexually harassed can be obtained at:



This course involves lecture and discussion sessions, critical analysis of contemporary writing on the topic, writing assignments, a group report, and a final research project.

Individual writing assignments will be 3-4 double-spaced pages that use the readings and your thoughts about them to develop a position with respect to a set of issues that we identify. For example, you may be asked to compare briefly the views of two authors with respect to the concept of “development,” and to explain why you agree with one compared with the other. The papers will be graded on your use of the readings, by the quality of the argument you develop, and the quality of the writing. 

The group project will be a report about a country’s media system. More details about this assignment will be provided in class. The final paper will be about a topic of your choosing, in consultation with me. We will discuss paper topic options in detail in class and in individual consultations.

Participation will be evaluated on the basis of classroom presentations, participation in discussion, and regular attendance.



Readings listed on the syllabus are required and available at either the CU Bookstore, on reserve, or on the Internet.

Some useful web-based resources for individual and group projects









11 Jan




13 Jan

Development & Modernization

Rostow; Lerner, “The grocer and the chief”


18 Jan


Lerner, “Modernizing styles of life”; Schramm


20 Jan

Colonialism, anti-colonialism and dependency



25 Jan

Prof. Polly McLean visits

Encyclopedia of Communication


27 Jan

Video: Black Skin, White Masks

Rogers, “The passing of the dominant paradigm”


1 Feb


Masmoudi, “The new world information order”; Assignment #1 due (development)


3 Feb

Global communication governance

Excerpt from MacBride Report (recommendations)


8 Feb


Post-MacBride commentaries: Roundtables, Mowlana & Roach


10 Feb


Discussion of Churchill essay and controvery


15 Feb

Corporate globalization

UN Declaration of Human Rights; Jean D’Arcy on the right to communicate; Final paper proposals due


17 Feb


McChesney (from Who owns the media?)


22 Feb

Group project planning (media systems)



24 Feb


O’Siochru (from Who owns the media?);


1 Mar

Communication and the quality of life

UN Millennium Declaration; quality of life indicators


3 Mar

Quality of life, cont’d

WSIS Declaration and Plan of Action (two items); Additional indicators on communication and the quality of life (literacy, access, etc.); problems of censorship and attacks on the press


8 Mar


Assignment #2 due (global media corporations)


10 Mar

Language and the right to communicate

Hamelink; Skutnabb-Kangas


15 Mar

Social movements & global civil society; Video: The 4th World War

Excerpts from: Global Uprising;


17 Mar

Social movements & global civil society cont’d.



22 Mar




24 Mar




29 Mar


Group project meetings and consultations; Final paper topic and bibliographies due


31 Mar


Assignment #3 due (right to communicate)


5 Apr


Assignment #4 due (profile of NGO or corporate political advocacy PR)


7 Apr


CWA Panel: “Iraq: Stories from the Frontlines”


12 Apr


Paper consultations


14 Apr


Graduate student group project presentation on WSIS


19 Apr


Media system group reports in class


21 Apr


Media system reports, cont’d.


26 Apr

Modernity and modernization revisited

Giddens, The Consequences of Modernity; Assignment #5 due: Book report or report on CU panel discussions.


28 Apr


Final papers due