Module title: Global Current Affairs across Cultures

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: JAC11104
Module leader: Rachel Younger
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Media and Screen


2019/0, Trimester 2, Online,
Occurrence: 002
Primary mode of delivery: Online
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Rachel Younger
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & Teaching Methods (including their alignment to Learning Outcomes)
A range of online learning materials, both written and multimedia, will enable you to engage with module content in your own time. You will also be directed to supplementary electronic resources, including e-books and e-journals to further support your learning, and you are encouraged to engage independently with these additional resources. (LO1-4).
You will be required to take an active part in debating module materials with your peers online in our weekly forums on our online learning platform Moodle, in order to better appreciate how each topic applies in a globally diverse range of contexts. You will benefit from feedback provided by an international community of fellow students as you engage in interactive online module activities and as you work on assignments (LO1-4). You will contribute a short presentation to one of the subject specific online debates on this module (see also brief for assignment 1 here below). You will have the opportunity to tailor assessment topics to support your individual learning and career objectives. Module activities and assessment will provide you with the opportunity to apply what you learn to your professional practice. (LO1-4)

Formative Assessment:
As you engage with your peers based around the globe in interactive online module activities in our weekly Moodle forums, including online debate and individual video presentations that help kick-start class discussions, you will benefit from culturally diverse formative feedback provided by an international community of fellow students as well as by the module tutor. Formative feedback provided in the context of weekly Moodle forums will help you further improve the journalistic and academic content you produce for assessed submissions. It is hence recommended that you take note of informal feedback provided. (LO1-4)

Summative Assessment:
Assignment 1, a five-minute online presentation, is to be posted as a contribution to one of the subject-specific online debates on this module. Your presentation can be a narrated PowerPoint presentation or a video contribution. Technical instructions for the production of this presentation will be provided in the virtual learning environment. This assignment will encourage you to research one of the topics covered on this module in more depth, and to share a perspective on this topic - relevant to a specific world region - with your peers. To be eligible to be awarded the full mark for this assignment, you will additionally need to make two meaningful contributions (i.e. online posts) to each of the ten subject-specific online debates.
Assignment 1 is worth 30% of the overall module mark. The deadline for posting your presentation online will vary according to your topic of choice (weeks 2-11); a schedule of deadlines will be provided in the virtual learning environment. (LO1-LO3)
Assignment 2, a global current affairs individual project, will provide you with the opportunity to develop and pitch strong original global current affairs content for a target audience of your choice. In a 2,000-word critical analysis, discuss background, context and existing coverage of a selected global current affairs topic. In a 1,000-word treatment and pitch, propose an original angle or fresh narrative style for a documentary, reportage or other substantial form of coverage of your topic of choice. Lectures and content discussed during tutorials as well as formative tutor- and peer-feedback will support you in the completion of this assignment. Assignment 2 is worth 70% of the overall module mark and is to be submitted by week 13. (LO1-4)

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Online Guided independent study 24
Independent Learning Guided independent study 164
Face To Face Lecture 12
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Oral Presentation 30 1-3 2 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Project - Written 70 1-4 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 3000
Component 1 subtotal: 30
Component 2 subtotal: 70
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

You might travel the world to report foreign affairs, or you might want to convey a relevant story to a global audience. You might also find yourself in a newsroom, editing stories that are coming in on the wires from around the globe. Frequently as a journalist or media professional, you’ll need to evaluate news or current affairs from cultures and societies you aren’t familiar with, or you’ll need to produce content in unfamiliar cultural contexts. On this module you will learn about cross-cultural issues in production around the globe.
You will compare the coverage of international affairs in a range of media, analyse approaches to reporting different world regions and develop a critical understanding of key issues in global current affairs and international news. You’ll be introduced to the work of foreign correspondents, to working overseas, and learn to develop strong content yourself, and to adapt it for various global audiences.
This module will provide you with a critical insight into different world views and help you analyse how they were shaped by major events around the globe and by the way these were reported. You will examine major global players like the UN, the World Bank or multinational corporations. You’ll investigate how cross-cultural differences shape the way journalists and media practitioners cover current affairs around the globe, and you’ll also be introduced to comparative academic studies of news and media practices in different nations.
This module will provide you with an insight into the daily lives of foreign correspondents, and you will reflect on the way foreign affairs and international news are processed on foreign desks as well as in your own practice. You will debate approaches to reporting global current affairs in recent history and discuss the impact of selected correspondent reports and current affairs documentaries. Supported by a critical understanding of global affairs you will learn to refashion your own material for international audiences. You will also learn to develop and to pitch strong and original concepts for the coverage of foreign affairs issues.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: demonstrate a critical understanding of global current affairs and of the major events, players, forces and factors shaping the 21st century agenda
LO2: critically compare and evaluate the coverage of global current affairs in the mainstream and alternative media around the world
LO3: demonstrate a critical understanding of cross-cultural differences in current affairs coverage and production practices around the globe
LO4: develop relevant and original global current affairs content and adapt it for a range of global audiences

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
JAC11104 Global Current Affairs across Cultures