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CAS 199 - Communication in the European Union: Politics, Policies, and Practices

Professor: Ines Meyer-Hoess
Email: iah2@psu.edu 

This course is part of the CAS department’s Austria in Action-study abroad program in cooperation with the University of Vienna, Austria

First, communication and media systems within and across the European Union are introduced. Then, students investigate how changes in media practices and governing structures – truly global phenomena – are intertwined with and provoke changes in discourse, rhetoric, and intercultural communication. In addition, students explore the construction of communication within the European Union in various social spaces. Potential reactions/solutions to these phenomena are researched and discussed. Field trips to media outlets and other places of interests in Austria enrich this complex and challenging learning experience.

Course Objectives

  1. Exploring how and why media and society are interconnected entities.
  2. Understanding that media and society are simultaneously shaping and being shaped by particular cultures and of communication.
  3. Using communication theory as a tool for critical, practical, and emancipatory thinking.
  4. Applying and expanding empirical research skills by working on “real world” scenarios to better understand Europe’s past, present, and future(s).