The course is centred around two aims:
To examine strategies and campaigns to address global inequalities in media and information flows; and
To explore the rights and responsibilities of global media citizenship through case studies of media regulation, and citizens’ media initiatives.
It is a good idea to keep coming back to these ideas, and refer back to them as a touchstone throughout the semester, as you write your case studies, and plan out your activities for peer teaching. Ask yourself – how do the examples you have chosen relate back to these aims?
The digital divide – Broadband access in India. Watch this:
What did you learn from this?
How might it relate to the issue of the ‘digital divide’?
Have a look at this report on digital inclusion in Australia.
- What did you discover?
- What can a document like this tell us about the reality of digital access in Australia?
- Thinking critically, what voices are absent from this report?
Happiness by flickr user Davide D’Amico licensed under CC-BY-NC2.0
What makes you happy? Would you rate yourself as being happy?
Denmark has it all figured out!
Do you think they have the balance right?
– How has happiness become a business?
– how does happiness intersect with consumption?
– how is unhappiness culturally coded?
– what is affective labour, and why is it important?
– what are the main points raised in this article?
– what do you think?
Work Work Work Work Work Work
– What do you think of, when you think of work? (how does the idea of work shape society?)
– what is the cultural significance of work?
– how does technology enable work? What changes in work has it enabled?
– why is there not more resistance to work?
-what is the role of gender in relation to work?
– What is the protestant work ethic?
What do you expect/hope for from work?