16LLP415 – Key Topics in Media and Creative Industries
Here are 5 essay assignments referenced on page 3 of the syllabus. Each question is
separated by a bullet point [•]. Choose ONE question to answer and write a 3,500-word (10-
12 typed pages) essay on it.
• Describe how media culture can be distinct and different in the Global South, by focusing on one of the areas of discussion a) infrastructure, b) political tensions, c) class disparities.
• Describe the relationship between social movements and media, by focusing on one of the following contemporary revolts: Hong Kong (umbrella) uprising, Arab Spring, Gezi, Occupy.
• For the last decade, the media industry has increasingly relied on interns as a key part of their workforce. Please choose a corporation or an industry in the field of media, and investigate how interns are deployed and the nature of their work, and critically analyze the corporation/industry’s labor practices within the current debates surrounding internships.
• Discuss the challenges that new communication technologies and new ways of consuming entertainment media pose for ratings analysis companies; what they do to overcome these challenges; and the ethical concerns of gathering census data of media consumption. Support your essay by drawing from our assigned chapters, additional research articles as well as case studies from current industry practices.
• Analyze the representation of one or more group(s) of people in media using
elements of textual analysis developed in class. Choose a specific example of a media
Examples might include national cinema, television, magazines, advertisements, among others. Topics might include ethnic identities, sexuality and gender, representations of youth and youth culture, or absence/presence of people with
disability in media.
How do the contemporary media represent nations, regions and
ethnic/social/collective groups of people in different ways?
How does contemporary representation compare to previous time periods?
What are the social and political implications of different media
representations of groups of people?
To what extent is human identity increasingly ‘mediated’?