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    May 25, 2019  
Academic Catalog 2018-2019
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PSY-772 Media and the Comparative Identity of Nations, States and Cultures

4 semester credits
This course explores the relationship between media, public opinion and the comparative and competitive identity of nations, regions and cultures. Ever since the introduction of “nation branding” in the mid - 1990s, there has been growing interest in the notion that countries, regions and cultures can build and maintain their own images. There is very little agreement on how, or even if, the techniques of brand management can apply to places. There is broad agreement, however, that the effect and power of the media drives public opinion in one direction or another toward a conclusion about the quality, openness, and desirability of visiting, doing business with or entering into agreements with a nation, region or culture. Just how is this public opinion “framed” and how can it be changed? What determines whether the media will accept or reject a country’s perspective on how it would like to be viewed? What are the ways that encourage the open exchange of ideas between governments and the media and between the media and the public? What consequences does this new media environment have for how a country sees itself and how others see it?
Delivery Method: Distance/Electronically Mediated
Grading Default: Letter



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