Academic Programming

First-Year Seminar

This first-year seminar introduces new scholars to debates surrounding contemporary issues in communications studies and serves as a foundation for the scholars' subsequent media studies and service commitments.


Each week, two or three scholars lead lively discussions of that week's assigned reading. The remaining group responds, honing critical analytical skills in debate as well as in written investigation of the issues at hand.

Sample first-year seminar syllabus


Section I: Globalization and its Dimensions

Introduction to course; Definition(s) of Globalization; Historical Dimensions of Globalization
Economic and Political Dimensions of Globalization
Cultural Dimensions of Globalization
Ecological Dimensions of Globalization
Ideological Dimensions of Globalization


Section II: Globalization and (its) Media (Debates)

Global News and Compassion Fatigue
Global Marketing and "Causumerism"
Global Cinema and Transnational Film Genres
Global Documentary and the New Media Ecology


Section III: Case Studies of Globalization

The Global Case Study I: Sports and The Olympics
The Global Case Study II: Celtic Tiger Ireland
Scholar Presentations on Global Case Studies of their choosing

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