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Intercultural and International Communication | SIS

The Global and Social Media, Technology, and Policy Concentration

In this concentration, students will understand the significance of communication policy in the areas of telecommunications and the Internet;cultural policy;media policy;intellectual property rights;and free speech policy including constitutional rights of freedom of expression, internet censorship and media censorship. Students will also understand the cultural, political and economic role of communication policy in nation-state development and in modern international affairs. Students will also learn the major international policy models relevant to specific forms of national and cultural sovereignty that define how countries develop and organize their communication systems, as well as international conflicts stemming from these contrasting national approaches. 

Big Data and Text Mining in International Affairs Research

This online course helps students understand the tools and techniques used in contemporary analysis of large-scale unstructured textual data with applications for international affairs and a range of social science research topics. While the concept of Big Data is relative, and how it is defined varies from field to field, text-based data is perhaps the largest single source of data available to the modern investigator. This includes numerous genres of textual data, from email archives, websites, twitter feeds and other social media, blog posts, speeches, annual reports, published articles, and much more. In the aggregate, these sources can easily run into thousands and thousands of discrete items. This form of Big Data is particularly challenging to the analyst using only traditional forms of content analysis. In this course, students learn techniques to help them begin to see the power of computational approaches to the large-scale analysis of unstructured text-based data. Essentially, this course helps to find the proverbial needle in the international affairs data haystack.

Communication in Social and Economic Development

Examination of economic, communication, and development theories, the role of information and communication technology in social and economic development; transfer of technology and uses of communication in economic growth, social change, and national integration.

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 21stcentury.  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.


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