Global media industries
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleLET-ACWME0001
Credits (ECTS)5
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Arts; Cultural Studies;
dr. M.J.C.G. Stevens
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Contactperson for the course
dr. M.J.C.G. Stevens
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Academic year2018
PER 1-PER 2  (01/09/2018 to 01/02/2019)
Starting block
Course mode
RemarksAccessible to exchange students.
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
By the end of this course it is expected that students will be able to:
  • understand how the business of supplying media content has become a globalized multi-platform activity;
  • analyze new formats that have emerged in response to global media convergence;
  • explain similarities and differences between transnational media cultures as well as local adaptations of global formats;
  • demonstrate how globalization, technological innovation and media aesthetics are entwined;
  • assess the consequences of an increased concentration of media ownership by private corporations.
Processes of digitization, globalization and convergence have created worldwide conglomerates that own companies in various industries, such as film studios, theme parks, television networks, sports and news channels, record labels, publishing houses and game developers. Consequently, they have also had a significant impact on the production, the distribution and the consumption of media. This course explores the impact of these recent economic, technological and socio-cultural shifts on contemporary media aesthetics. Discussing a wide range of case studies and theoretical approaches – including media theory, critical management studies and cultural economics – the ways in which the aesthetic of contemporary media productions is shaped by the underlying dynamics of the global media industries are critically assessed.
Assumed previous knowledge
A completed Bachelor's degree in a related field. You are required to have a Dutch Bachelor's degree (or equivalent, from a research university) in a field related to Creative Industries: Cultural Studies, Art History or a Bachelor's of Arts with at least 30 EC in Art History, Cultural Studies and
Note for exchange students: you cannot take this course if your English proficiency level is not at least B2 (TOEFL, IELTS, TOEIC or Cambridge). A statement from your home university won't be accepted.

Required materials
Title:Digital reader

Instructional modes
Lecture/ Seminar
Attendance MandatoryYes

Research seminar, guest lectures, screenings, virtual classroom, company visits.

Test weight100
Test typePortfolio
OpportunitiesBlock PER 2, Block PER 3

Minimum grade