The course addresses the relationship between globalization and the media from an interdisciplinary perspective. Lectures and seminars on the theoretical debates pertaining to this relationship will be combined with group and individual work that explores these debates from both empirical and methodological vantage points. While globalization is the setting, the media are in focus – both “new” and “traditional.” The course will explore the role played by television and online media in the reconfiguration of political identities, and the opening up of new spaces for public discussion. Questions to be discussed include: How have technological and globalization processes affected notions of democracy, citizenship, and political community? What role do the media play in constructing political and social identities? How can such developments be studied empirically?