Global Communication

The study of Global Communication addresses issues that include:

Emphasis Areas:

  •     Global Media and Communication
  •     Global Politics and Governmental Relationships
  •     Global Health, Risk and Interaction
  •     Global Business and Inter-organizational Networks
  •     Global Civil Society, NGOs and Social Movements

Global Communication Faculty:

  • Suzy D'Enbeau, Ph.D., Purdue University
    • Interests: Constructing and performing gender in different organizational contexts and in popular culture, organizational communication, gender and communication and qualitative methods and analysis
  • Paul Haridakis, Ph.D., Kent State University
    • Interests: Media uses and effects, law, public policy, new communication technologies, sports communication and freedom of speech
  • Yesim Kaptan, Ph.D., Indiana University
    • Interests: Media, society, and culure (particularly Middle Eastern and Turkish media) and the analytical perspectives of contempory global media studies and media ethnography.
  • Mei-Chen Lin, Ph.D., University of Kansas
    • Interests: Communication and aging, intercultural communication, inter-generational communication across cultures, communication across life-span, group dynamics 
    • Teddy Workneh, Ph.D., University of Oregon, Eugene
      • Interests: global media flows and the role of transnational media industries in the production, distribution and consumption of communication resources through critical political economy and postcolonial approaches

    Key Courses:

    • COMM 55766     COMMUNICATION IN A GLOBAL SOCIETY      3 Credit Hours
      (Slashed with COMM 45766) Offers a broad-based treatment of a variety of topics in our "globalizing" world from the standpoint of communication. Considers the importance of communication on multiple levels of the international landscape, ranging from the very ways globalization is defined and framed to new communication media and networks, to campaigns and debates about global issues, and including the transformation of organizational and institutional relationships as well as local-to-global interactions.
      (Slashed with COMM 75661) Examines how the development and use of newer communication technologies have influenced human communication. Considers the evolution, social and psychological impact, and culture of newer communication technologies such as the Internet, and how research adapts to these newer media.
    • COMM 65679     COMMUNICATION ACROSS THE LIFESPAN      3 Credit Hours
      (Slashed with COMM 85679) Overview of research examining communication across the lifespan, including issues related to communication and cognition, communicative uses of language, communication in close relationships and differences in media uses and effects.
      Examination of theoretical perspectives, research issues and the rhetorical analyses of intercultural and international communication.
    • COMM 65683     INTERGROUP COMMUNICATION      3 Credit Hours
      (Slashed with COMM 85683) Overview of theory and research of communication between groups of individuals, including issues of discrimination, language, identity, social status, religion and demographics.
      Recognizes and explores the role of communicators in building new and deeper public understanding of critical, pervasive and enduring human problems across conventional borders.
    • COMM 65766     COMMUNICATION IN A GLOBAL SOCIETY      3 Credit Hours
      Overview of, analysis of, and critical reflection on topics and issues related to globalization, largely from a communication perspective yet drawing from other disciplines, and including topics such as framing and narratives of globalization and fragmentation, images of national and "civilizational" identity, discourses of marketization and consumerism, organizational communication dynamics of "the anti-globalization movement" and "globalization from below," definitions and frameworks of security, symbols of war and peace, debates over corporate social responsibility, frames of environmental sustainability, the roles of new media in alternative organizational and institutional formation, and understanding global problems in terms of communication networks. Contributes to the core curriculum for the global communication concentration in the MA program in COMM. Open to PhD students in CCI, plus other masters students within CCI.
    • COMM 65851     ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION      3 Credit Hours
      (Slashed with COMM 75851) Structure, methodology and application of communication theory in industrial and organizational settings.