International Communication and Cultural Policy
This course for students and professionals in communication and culture, media, creative arts, public policy and international affairs, explores some of the most important areas of national, comparative and international policy shaping communication and culture in 21st century. The course helps students to develop policy expertise for use in areas such as: press freedoms, media and film policy; Internet policy, new digital media policy, and Internet censorship; intellectual property rights and foreign policy related to trade in cultural products and service; and constitutional rights of freedom of expression in comparative context. Particular emphasis is given to national arts policy and cultural policies that: protect cultural rights of minorities; promote production and dissemination of new creative arts; preserve the national heritage in cultural traditions, national endowments and museums; construct and define national and cultural identity; support and subsidize national cultural industries; apply cultural content quotas; design and implement language policy; and defend cultural sovereignty.
Cyber-Conflict in Global Perspective
As many institutions throughout the globe are increasingly dependent on communication networks for many vital political, economic, and social functions, so too do they become targets for disruption in conflict situations. This course will examine the history and evolution of cyber-warfare pursued by both State and non-state actors, policy responses to potential evolving conflicts, and the international legal framework for understanding and mitigating cyber-based conflicts.
The Politics of Global Media
This course examines the implications of increasingly global print, broadcast and digital media on the cultural and political transformation associated with the term "globalization." The course will consider the critical issues raised by global media, and how they impact notions of national and cultural sovereignty, reflect international institutional transformation, and represent new avenues for information-based foreign policy and public diplomacy. Some of the key issues covered in the course include international media production and content flow, nationalism, new media technology, diaspora and conceptions of audience, international news, and media regulation.
Race, Class and Power in International and Intercultural Education
“International education can as easily be an instrument of antagonism as one of benevolence, one of manipulation as one of cooperation, and it can as easily involve complete isolation as it can constant interchange” (Smart, 1971, 442). In this interactive seminar, we will critically consider the goals, design, and experience of international and intercultural education. Using case studies, this course will examine the role that race, class, and power play in international education and will focus on how identity, institutional biography, and culture structure interpretations and interactions in cross-cultural contexts. Students will gain the frameworks and skills necessary to design and implement culturally-responsive international and intercultural education programs. Designed for prospective international trainers, program managers, and educators, we will focus on the educational arena but this course will be broadly applicable to anyone planning to work in diverse environments.
Strategic Communication, Intelligence & National Security
The objective of this course is to explore in detail the rising importance of communications factors in international relations as a strategic instrument of foreign policy and as a source of international conflict.The course will concentrate on strategic intelligence collection, including the growth of intelligence gathering technologies, information-based military operations, cyber security and vulnerabilities, and the interaction of communications with transnational actors.The course will also explore the current national structures of intelligence systems and decision-making processes, the role of so-called “information operations,” and basic principles in the modern, network communications basis for the command and control of military forces.Also included will be a comparative examination of specific cases where communications have been a major factor in either an escalation or de-escalation of hostilities.
Tourism & Globalization
This course will examine the relationship between culture, communication and the political economy of tourism. Among the key topics to be covered are the emergence of "pleasure" trips in the colonial era, the expansion of the middle classes and mass vacations, late 20th century adoption of tourism as a development strategy, and the role of ICTs in tourism development.. Students will be asked to critically examine the genesis of different modes of tourism, e.g., ecotourism, ethnotourism and sex tourism in various regions of the world.