Communication and Media Studies 452

COMS 452: International Film and Electronic Media

Prerequisite: COMS 130, COMS 230, or permission of instructor

Credit Hours: (3)

Study of electronic media and film produced outside of the United States, including developing nations. Emphasis on aesthetic, social, cultural, economic, political and religious forces which shape media.


Detailed Description of Content of Course

The course is designed to examine the American world view derive from media systems, particularly film and television. This world view is not necessarily shared by other countries and it is important to see ourselves as others see us. Propagation, production, import and export of media is regulated or controlled to differing degrees by governments throughout the world. Differing attitudes toward control and regulation of media need to be understood and compared.

Major producers and exporters of media, the United States in particular, tend to dominate world markets and create unidirectional flows of information and entertainment with powerful cultural impacts. Reactions to the USA, on the part of developing countries, may be characterized at times as suspicious, defensive, and protectionist. These reactions must be understood and appreciated.


Detailed Description of the Conduct of the Course

This course will be predominantly lecture and discussion. Examples of films and videos from American and international markets will be analyzed and compared. Research groups will be formed targeting certain geographic areas for case studies. Interviews with international students and faculty from such areas will be conducted to supplement data gathered. Results will be reported to the class.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

1. To broaden and internationalize students' perspectives through exposure to "foreign" films and television
2. To gain an awareness of broader economic, political and social forces that shape national and international film production
3. To examine broadcast systems other than those of the U.S.A., and how they are regulated and controlled.
4. To expand students' ideas about American media marketing strategies and the need for more cultural sensitivity.


Assessment Measures

Students will be assessed by means of written examinations, term papers, group presentations and reported interviews with international citizens.


Other Course Information



Review and Approval

Joe Flickinger, Chair

May, 2011