Course Description

This course is designed to simulate student understanding of how screen media (film, TV, digital) structure their links to the globe, as well as enable them to reflect upon how other producers and viewers of film and media in the globe are differently emplaced in relation to the dynamics of media globalization. Such an understanding is crucial within a twenty-first century in which students are called upon to participate in an increasingly interconnected and interdependent world. In so doing, this course is also designed to increase students analytic, writing, and media literacy skills.

This course addresses these concerns through the analysis of film and media texts and case studies concerned with the transnational possibilities and problems of film and media. The course begins with the question of home in the world, asking students to reflect upon how particular examples of film or media might link them to wider global networks. From here, the syllabus provides readings, screenings, and case studies concerned with the dynamics of film and media between North America and the Asia-Pacific, one particularly significant arena of transnational film and media production and exchange. Questions addressed by the course include: What are the cultural implications of global media? Is it constructed through relations of domination or negotiation? How do we begin to understand how its impacts and meanings might shift in relation to the dynamics of particular producers or viewers, locations or identities? And how might these mediums work in distinctive ways in particular global contexts?

The content of this seminar is thus an introduction to cultural debates surrounding film and media in their global contexts. In the service of this, this course will:

  • Provide students with an introduction to key issues raised by the globalization of media.
  • Utilize film and media screenings, as well as contemporary case studies, as a means to illustrate and explore these key issues.
  • Utilize writing (both collaborative and individual) to enable students to come to an understanding of the above in relation to particular cultural contexts, media workers and viewers

By the end of this course students will be able to:

  • Understand recent debates surrounding the global construction and travel of screen (film, TV, digital) media.
  • Reflect on the emplacement of themselves and of others in relation to the globalization of film and media.
  • Critically analyze, in writing, and effectively communicate the stakes of global film and media from the standpoint of a variety of film and media users, viewers, producers, workers, and critics.

GenEd Information: Currently approved for the IU Bloomington GenEd AH requirement. See the GenEd Website for more information.

Catalog Information: COLL-S 103 FRESHMAN SEMINAR IN A & H

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Course Instructor: Stephanie DeBoer

Stephanie DeBoer is an Associate Professor of Cinema and Media Studies in The Media School, as well as faculty in International Studies (SGIS) at Indiana University, Bloomington. Her teaching and research interests include global media studies, Japanese and Chinese language film and media, inter-Asia cultural studies, and critical approaches to digital media in the context of globalization. Her work is grounded in the historical and contemporary stakes of exchange to East Asian and Asia Pacific screen media. A series on interviews with Tokyo-based film producers, entitled Interviews: Framing Tokyo Media Capital and Asian Co-Production, was published out of Palgrave Press in 2011. Her book Co-Producing Asia: Locating Japanese-Chinese Regional Film and Media addresses film and media co-productions in East Asia from the second half of the twentieth century, and was published in 2014 from the University of Minnesota Press.

Global Media at Home and in the World

Global Media at Home and in the World: Courses: Intensive Freshman Seminars: Indiana University Bloomington