Seminar – Serwornoo – International News Flow to Africa

051 723      International News Flow to Africa: Globalisation versus Neo-imperalism
2st.,  Di 14-16, GABF 04/611
Gegenstandsmodul: Print
Systematisches Modul: Mediensysteme


It is my aim in this course to provide students with an understanding of the evolving nature of international news flows and how this has contributed to the unending global debate of news production and dissemination around the world. The analyses shall cover the UNESCO’s contributions in the form of McBride and Sreberny reports. The contemporary debate that news flow across the world, through modern technologies, is an evidence of globalisation will be interrogated with an interventionist perspective.

These questions are fundamental to the seminar: What is the relevance of the New World Information Order debate today? How do we define contemporary international news flow in a world of unequal encounters? Is the international news flow field an open or closed place for key players and why? What has happened to Afro-pessimism under hegemonic conditions? How has Western dominance of International news flow evolved on to the African continent?

Course Goals/ Learning Outcomes
By participating in this course, students will:

  • Describe the activities of international news dissemination.
  • Evaluate Afro-pessimism in media content.
  • Investigate why South- South co-operations have failed.
  • Explain the nature of foreign newsgathering hegemony

 Student Responsibilities

  • Be prepared for seminars; have readings and assignments done on time
  • Spend time outside of seminar working on readings, projects, and correspondence
  • Participate in active learning inside and outside of seminar (in other words, both on-line and face-to-face). That means asking questions, helping classmates answer questions, and working with one another to solve problems.
  • Be at the seminar. It is the time we mostly will have to work face-to-face.

 Course Requirements

We will read articles from scholarly journals, and popular publications. Assigned readings may be found through the RUB library’s e-Journal resources and on the Blackboard system. Internet access and basic computer literacy are required.

 Course Structure and Teaching Strategies

Teaching methods for this course will include seminars discussions and individual group discussions. The class functions more like a workshop than a traditional lecture-driven course. Class discussions are a key element of the course, and students are encouraged to ask questions, offer their own observations, and share their own experiences either as media personnel or how they perceive media personnel. Communication outside of class will be via email and other social media platforms to be agreed upon later on.


Bunce, M.; Franks, S.; Paterson, C. (2017). Africa’s media image oin the 21st Century. Routledge , Taylor and Francis.

Obijiofor, L.; and Hanusch, F. (2003) Foreign news coverage in five African newspapers

Christian Heinke